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Amy's Reflections

October 12, 2016

“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.” - Patch Adams

I had a conference with one of Maleigha’s teachers this week, and as we waited for Rick to arrive we all collectively took a deep breath and just paused. As we were collecting ourselves, I shared that it seems sad that we wish away our weeks looking forward to the weekend and not really enjoying the moments that get us there. The teachers agreed, and then we moved on with our conversation, but I continued to think about it throughout the evening. We all have opportunities to be more present, but how do we put those opportunities into practice in our everyday lives

In our busy lives we sometimes forget why we do what we do and miss the purpose behind our work and the impact we make through the human connection. The leaders were challenged last week in a meeting to journal their “story”, the thing that brought you into the healthcare field. As people in the audience shared their different paths, one thing remained consistent; a need to serve others and help those in need. It was amazing to see the stories were the same whether the person was clinical or not, and it reminded me that we are united in this purpose. Serving others is truly a noble calling, and I am honored to be part of the care you provide each day. This week I encourage you to reflect on your “story” that brought you to the healthcare field and recapture some of that passion. I promise it will ignite your fire and make being present so much easier. 

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” - Dalai Lama

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