As we reflect on reasons to be grateful, I’m so pleased to have had the opportunity to study the work of Florence Nightingale (1810-1920).
What can we moderns learn from her? SO many things,
First, she was a trailblazer. In the 1800s, a woman who stepped out of her comfort zone and went into the male-dominated world of influence was asking for trouble. Yep. She was a troublemaker—the good kind.
Lucky that in her quest to care for British soldiers during the Crimean Conflict of 1854-56, she rebelled against the view that war was ‘no place for a lady!’
Her strategy? Proceed until apprehended.
It took me 3 years to read Nightingale’s 200 books/articles and more than 10,000 of her letters. At the time, I wasn’t thinking of creating a third solo show…far from it! But…as I continued to read, I realized how much I appreciated the sacrifices she made and all she accomplished to make the world a better place.
In preparation to perform as Florence Nightingale, I had to step out of my comfort zone, too. I decided to adapt my lengthy first iteration of the show into spoken-word poetry. The outcome? Happily, It still feels as if I am channeling my hero. 🙂
As a nurse, Nightingale felt that it’s our integrity that gives us the agency to do the work we do.
Although I don’t disagree, I’d like to expand on that idea:
I think integrity is the lynchpin that gives ALL people the agency to do the work we do.
What is your definition of integrity?
The book Channelling Florence Nightingale: Integrity, Insight, Innovation, takes you through the life of Florence Nightingale in the hope to inspire positive change...as she did!
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Yours for finding your own integrity,
Do you have the courage and wish to push yourself and your team to their greatest potential?
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