What If We Let the Spirit Lead?


Posted on October 10, 2019 by Jenn Zatopek

One bright Saturday morning, at the dawn of summer, I got up for work. I donned my signature outfit—black skirt and blouse, bright turquoise necklaces, sparkly sandals—and piled my brown curly hair atop my head in a messy updo. For the finishing touch, I applied mauve lipstick and glittery brown eye shadow and beamed at myself in the mirror.

It is a spiritual practice to enjoy the body one has been gifted with, and that day was no exception to my daily gratitude practice.

After kissing my husband goodbye, I drove to work in the next town over and sang loudly to Maggie Rogers from my iPhone—my form of prayer for the day.

As I pulled into the work parking lot, I experienced a wash of familiar emotions filling my body—dread and patience, compassion and hope. I work at a hospital, in an acute behavioral health unit. In layman’s terms, this means I work with people who are in the throes of emotional turmoil—despair, hopelessness, and suffering are some of my daily companions. As a counselor, it is my honor and privilege to use my body, mind, and soul as an instrument for healing, for instilling hope in others who live on the seemingly dead-end street of desperation. . . 

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  • Reply Anne Brock

    This is beautiful, Jenn.

    October 14, 2019 at 8:59 am
    • Reply Jenn Zatopek

      Anne, thank you so much for taking the time to read and to comment! I had such pleasure writing it! xo

      October 17, 2019 at 12:12 pm

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