This week, I received an incredible gift from a friend. She shared with me a poem in an email, and in the subject line: "So you." The thought behind her message brought tears to my eyes, and gave me the gift of inspiration that I wanted to pass on...
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena. Whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, Who strives valiantly, Who errs and comes short again and again Because there is no effort without errors and shortcomings, Who knows great devotion, Who spends himself in a worthy cause, Who at his best knows in the end the high acheivement of triumph And who at worst, If he fails daring greatly Knows his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls Who know neither victory or defeat.
...Posted in honor of a dear friend and true patriot, Jennifer MacLean, BS, RN, OCN. You. Are. Awesome!
Kristie Chapman is a Registered Nurse, Independent Legal Nurse Consultant and healthcare policy advocate from Charlotte, North Carolina. In March 2009, she was awarded a grant from ONS for the Nurse In Washington Internship, receiving training on healthcare policy advocacy and meeting with members of the House and Senate to discuss current healthcare issues. She is active in the Mecklenburg County Young Republicans, the NC Federation of Republican Women, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, and "CAUTION", a grassroots group in Charlotte whose mission is to inspire, educate, and unite citizens to take an active role in their communities to preserve our Constitutional freedoms. Kristie has spoken at conservative events including the Charlotte Tax Day Tea Party, Patients First Bus Rally with Americans for Prosperity and the Healthcare Reform Town-Hall Meeting in Charlotte sponsored by the Charlotte City Council At-Large campaigns of Tariq Scott Bokhari and Matthew Ridenhour. Kristie is currently Vice-Chair of the Mecklenburg County Young Republicans and continues to teach healthcare policy advocacy seminars in the Charlotte-metro area.