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Amy's Reflections

July 21, 2016

Step back in perspective, open your heart and welcome transition into a new phase of life. - Linda Rawson 

My thought for this week is transitions. There are transitions going on around us all the time, and we tend to have a first row seat especially in healthcare. For each of us, these changes have a different meaning. Sometimes they are joyful like the birth of a baby and the start of a family, and sometimes they are sad like Dr. Nagel leaving. 

Dr. Nagel leaving will have a huge impact on all of us. I know I am a better person for having the opportunity to know and work with him for the past 16 years. He is a wise man that taught me a lot about leadership and integrity. Although his transition is difficult for all of us, we are very happy for him and his new adventure and wish him the very best the future has to hold. 

Shaila made the decision this week to not continue to dance. There was a situation that happened that prompted her to weigh the pros and cons and make the difficult decision to let go of something that has been a huge part of her life for 11 years. Unfortunately for her, she has a mother that believes in assertive communication which led to a crucial conversation and her having to share with her instructor her feelings and her decision. She did great and I am so proud of her, but this is definitely a bittersweet decision. This is a transition that holds both sadness and joy, and I have come to realize that although those are the most difficult transitions to make, they are also the most rewarding. 

This week I encourage you to look at changes or transitions from a different perspective and try to see both the good and the bad in them. A lot of times we focus on what we are losing or giving up without taking the time to see what we have gained in possibilities and new adventures.  

Learning to be a Life- giving Mom without regrets requires embracing the season you are in. You have to let go of the past and live in the present as you lay hold of the future. At each transition you will likely shed some tears as you realize that you can’t go back and re-live the past. You must move forward, facing the imperfections of your present, hoping for the future. - Sue Detweiler


-Amy McDaniel, Belmond CEO

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