Radical Loving Care™ Journal of Sacred Work : Weblogs

Weblogs

Are We Still Alive? - May 6, 2024



RMH EVENT JOANNE INGLEDUE 2    It has been three decades since I visited the stage at the place I once led, Riverside Methodist Hospital/OhioHealth in Columbus, still Ohio's largest hospital. When I was introduced as the featured speaker to a magical group of nurse-scholarship recipients there was a murmur during which I overheard someone whisper, "Erie Chapman...Is he still alive?" 

   The question makes sense. In important ways, we marry our job. Fellow staff members become family. No matter how long someone works anywhere, when they depart, they "vanish"...as if dead.

   We are three dimensional. Our personhood loses a dimension for those who remain. We slip from 3D to 2D pictures and memories.

   My return tossed me into "The Rip Van Winkle Syndrome" (the character who fell asleep for twenty years reawakening in a new world.) Faces have changed, parts of the buildings rearranged, added to, or subtracted. Technology? Wow! 

   Consciously, I knew that. Subconsciously, I may have thought the same cast would remain...and wish they had.

   Does that explain why at school reunions, former boy and girl friends reunite and sometimes marry? Do they see the lover they knew or the real being before them?

   It was deeply moving to return. Of all the places I worked before or since, none meant more than Riverside and the OhioHealth system I founded from that flagship in 1984. It was exceptionally affirming to see how well the place had thrived. And a big part of me wished I could have stayed for that ride.

-Erie Chapman

(Special thanks to Joanne Ingledue, R.N., for the photo of me taken at the event)

   

   


June 16, 2024

June 10, 2024

June 02, 2024

May 26, 2024

May 17, 2024

May 13, 2024

April 22, 2024

April 18, 2024

March 31, 2024

March 17, 2024

March 10, 2024

March 06, 2024

February 25, 2024

February 18, 2024

February 11, 2024

February 04, 2024

January 28, 2024

January 14, 2024

January 07, 2024

January 01, 2024

Immediate past president of the Baptist Healing Trust (Healing Trust), Nashville. President & CEO, Erie Chapman Foundation, Chapman Health International, Inc, Dane Dakota Productions, LLC, author, Radical Loving Care, artist.
Erie and Liz for Journal
Erie Chapman, Editor, Liz Wessel, R.N., M.S. Associate Editor
Screen Shot 2020-08-18 at 5.34.41 PM
Radical Loving Care™

Become a Fan

My Photo
Blog powered by Typepad

June 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
            1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30            

BHT Tracking

  • eXTReMe Tracker