Counselor - Check In

Posted Oct. 19, 2020, 11:25 a.m. by Lieutenant Revna Edman (Counselor) (Jennifer Ward)

Posted by Commander Garinder’Jen th’Jir (Executive Officer) in Counselor - Check In


Jen contemplated this as he studied her, his deep blue eyes sinking to a place just over and behind her shoulder. When they rose up again he said, “You have been immersed in a deeply disturbing occupation.” He held up a hand quickly. “Not disturbing by the occupation but in what you have witnessed and heard. I see the combat, the injuries, the death and the scenes of destruction on the outside. You see it on the inside. Where does your strength come from to endure it? And, as a sister thought, you are in a very influential position where you are guiding others, hence your name, counselor. From what comes your .. moral compass?”
- Jen, XO

Revna contemplated her answer, “I can’t tell you without showing you.” She stood up and walked over to the wall console and knelt down rummaging in a drawer. She returned with a PaDD, one made for photographs. She sat down in a chair next to the Cmdr and handed it to him. Each photo was of different people. Caught in a moment where the emotion was clear on the faces of those captured. A man and woman, A man with his wife and child, a man in a chair with some type of feline animal in his lap with it’s front paws on his shoulders, a ship gathering-all in engineering yellow-welcoming home a brother, a man sitting on a biobed cradling a woman in his arms, a woman on the ground covered in oversized enthusiastic puppies. The emotions are all the same: relief, intense joy, fear of what could have been, thankfulness, surprise, the release of pain. They go on forever, too many to go through in one sitting. “Each of these commander, were patients of mine. This,” she points to the pictures, “their home comings, their reunions, the end of their struggle, is what gives me strength.” And it is apparent to Jen that Revna truly believes that and feels it to depth of her soul. Unlike many who pay it lip service and believe in the concept but don’t feel the conviction, she does. “How can I not stand beside them when they have given so much? To help the honored warriors find their way home is a great honor. None are broken, simply lost.”

Jen slowly looked at the photos and remembered. “The cause is our call to battle. Our need to prevail,” said a grizzled general at a briefing. Far away there were sounds of explosions. They could be felt in the ground at his feet. “It has to be your cause. To believe in it. How you believe will your actions be rendered.” The memory was clear. The general had died in an assault that afternoon. He simply nodded at her reply.

“As for my moral compass, I guess it’s my family. I grew up in a very small island and even though the people of my village were not all related we were family. Family is very important. And I was raised that anyone who passes through your life is family for the time that they are there. Perhaps beyond that if they wish it. They are family and I treat them as such.” She pauses reaching for her glass of water. “But perhaps when you say that I am an advisor I derive my goals for each person from myself. I’m a twin. And though we look a like, and we grew up with similar values, I, and she as well, understand the value of individuality. It is not for me to say who a patient should be. It is not for me to say that they should be the same person they were before or a different person. It is for me to listen to what they want and then help them to get there.”

This was less a positive reply. Family was fickle. Even in a culturally regimented family structure like Andor had. Belonging did not, to Jen, mean one was right or that that group was. “How do you determine then if someone is worthy or not to pass this evaluation?”

Jen, XO

Revna considered that. “We have a saying: Og det skader ingen, gjør hva du vil. And it harms none, do what you will. Or, in other words the golden rule. I do whatever I can to help others so that they can help someone else. As long as I don’t hurt anyone else in the process. It’s very philosophical, but I’ve never seen a moral compass that wasn’t. But it makes me pause and consider the consequences of my actions.”
Lt Edman, Counselor

Harm, as the counselor would undoubtedly know, too was fickle and subjective, and, in many cases may not show up for some time. All actions had consequences and what one ‘thinks’ causes no harm, may, especially in this multi-species environment that they were in. As an Andorian he knew well that very thing. He smiled. “They are themselves very subjective. However, philosophy is a region in which there are no answers but only more questions.” He stood up. “Thank you for your time, and, as we have some marines aboard, perhaps we are not too far outside of our comfort zones.”
- Jen, XO

“It’s not a perfect answer, but the most honest I can give you. But I’m here if you ever want to discuss it or inquire further.” Revna stood up and walked with him to the door. “It was a pleasure to meet you Cmdr.”
Lt. Edman, Counselor

After her meeting with Cmdr. Jen was over, Revna sat down to type up his evaluation. It would be forwarded to the Cmdr., Captain, and Cmdr. Rinker.
Psychological Fitness For Duty Evaluation of Commander Garinder’Jen th’Jir
Commander Garinder’Jen th’Jir is a man who has been thrust into a new role. One that he never sought nor considered for himself. However, he has a strong sense of duty and will see any assignment, any objective to its end. Commander th’Jir is a natural leader and never balks in the face of challenge. Even challenges that appear not suited to his natural talents. Previous records indicate that those under him follow his orders without question and utter trust. He is the man to have coordinating your battle stations when all seems to go sideways. This man feels as if he has been stationed in the wrong place, but gives his utmost to the duty given him. And that is nothing to balk at or brush aside when so many others put in his position are not up to the task or willing to find out. Commander Garinder’Jen th’Jir considers this change in posting an opportunity to expand his experience and skills as a commanding officer. He is cool under pressure and a unique perspective and sense of humor that allows him to get along with those he serves over and serves with. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. -Colin Powell”
Signed: Lt. Revna Edman, Counselor, USS Atlantis

Lt. Edman, Counselor

OOC: Oh my, total kudos to you on writing an evaluation!!! .. Gene
OOC: Thank you, and if you so choose it’s fit to add to your character profile .. Jenn
OOC: I will! Thank you! .. Gene

Lt. Edman, Counselor

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