V rámci 40. výročí Whitman-Walkera, oficiálně 13. ledna 2018, sdílíme 40 příběhů, které pomohou vyprávět příběh Whitman-Walkera v komunitě.
Welcome to our first story of the year! We thought we’d start by telling you how we landed on our name, so please meet poet Walt Whitman.
Walt Whitman was a celebrated 19th Century poet. Mostly known for his writing, Whitman was also a healthcare worker during the U.S. Civil War. When his
brother George was wounded in the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862, Whitman traveled from New York to come to his aid.
Whitman cared for his brother in the Army hospital until he was able to return to his regiment. Despite his brother’s improved health, Whitman continued
on to Washington, DC, to visit hospitalized soldiers.
Whitman remained in DC throughout the Civil War and after it ended, caring for men in various Union Army hospitals in the area. He had no medical training,
but cared for the basic physical and psychological needs of the men. Whitman often said his interest was in helping to preserve the dignity and individuality
of the patients. He later published a collection of poems, Drumové kohouty,
about his experiences during the war. An an excerpt from one of these poems titled the The Dresser is engraved into the wall of the Dupont Circle Metro
Station in DC. Whitman-Walker’s first executive director, Jim Graham, helped pick the poem to pay tribute to the caregivers of HIV/AIDS epidemic in
"V 2006, člen Rady DC Jim Graham and others were looking for a way to honor the caregivers who had nursed the sick in the earliest
days of the city’s HIV crisis. They found inspiration in Whitman’s Civil War-era poem.
‘That poem was inspired by his ministrations to the sick and the dying, and so that, of course, has a fitting connection to the early years of the AIDS
epidemic,’ Graham told Answer Man. Dupont Circle, as the longtime center of the gay community, the setting was perfect.” – Hark, jaká báseň vyskočí z metrové stěny ?, Washington Post, 2013
Walt Whitman dedicated his time and efforts to support the care needs that are often overlooked. He cared for the mind and the soul in addition to caring
for the body. At Whitman-Walker we work to provide care with dignity, respect and love. We embrace people for their individuality and aim to support
their whole health needs. We work to provide dignifying care to anyone who walks through our doors. Walt Whitman’s compassion and ability to recognize
the overlooked and unmet care needs reaffirm him as a Whitman-Walker namesake.
Deset inspirujících a poučných citátů Walta Whitmana:
- "Mějte svou tvář vždy na slunci - a za vámi padnou stíny."
- "Každý okamžik světla a tmy je zázrak."
- "Každý z nás nevyhnutelný." Každý z nás neomezený - každý z nás se svým právem na zemi “
- "Jsem větší, lepší, než jsem si myslel." Nevěděl jsem, že mám tolik dobroty. “
- "Existuji tak, jak jsem, to stačí"
- "Buďte zvědaví, ne soudní."
- "Cizinče, jestli mě míjíš a toužíš se mnou mluvit, proč bys se mnou nemluvil?" A proč bych s tebou neměl mluvit? “
- “If you tire, give me both burdens, and rest the chuff of your hand on my hip, And in due time you shall repay the same service to me, For after we
start we never lie by again”
- "Musíte se zvyknout na oslnění světla a na každý okamžik svého života."
- "Tohle je město a já jsem jeden z občanů / Ať už mě zajímá, zbytek mě zajímá"