Iowa Specialty Hospital

A Message from the CEO - February 2023

February 15, 2023

Anyone who knows me knows that I hate/despise/detest February.  In my book, it’s the longest, most cruel month of the year.  BUT - this year I’m changing my tune.  I have decided that every moment is special (except during a blizzard).  February is not so bad …

February 12th, 2023, I was riding my bike back from southern Iowa and the sun was on my face, the wind was at my back, and it was 45 degrees.  I was grinning from ear to ear.  It was a great feeling.  I was thinking when the next blizzard hits (and it will), keep this feeling in mind.

At Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics, this is the year of the “Be” (… a honeybee is our mascot for 2023).  “Be Focused/Generous/Humble and Innovative” are our themes for February.  Every week for the past 25 years, I’ve written a column on something.  This year it’s on the theme of the week.  (For example: on the generous week, I got iced-in {stuck} in my garage and Mark from Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics generously helped me escape. I wrote about that.)  When given the task about how to act and be … my go-to is to be cynical, sarcastic and self-deprecating; however, those words weren’t chosen.

If you’ve ever trained for anything, you know that breaking down in practice allows you to gradually get better.  When training for a marathon 25 years ago, my training schedule was over 18 weeks.  Slowly, I added mileage to my runs and I was able to accomplish a task that was not even in my scope of “things Steve can do”.  I’m finding that changing my perspective and outlook a little at a time is doable*.

My unwritten goal for this year is to have a better outlook.  Enjoy and be enjoyable.  Be kind … be nice.

*Question: how do you eat an elephant??   Answer: one bite at a time.

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