Iowa Specialty Hospital

Amy's Reflections

March 3, 2016

Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important. - Stephen R. Covey 

We use the word priorities a lot, and I would venture to guess that most of us struggle daily keeping our priorities straight in our mind. Sometimes we define our priorities for the day, and then other days it seems like they define us. 

This week I experienced one of those defining moments. The kids had a 2 hour late start, and I had to leave before they did to get to work. I was distracted thinking about work and what I needed to do that day. As I left the house, I rattled off some directions for the morning and headed off. A little while later, I received a call from Rick asking where the kids were. Turns out they thought I asked them to eat breakfast and head to the hour early. They were safe and sound at the neighbor's house, but it stopped me in my tracks. This was one of those moments that I was out of balance. I was consumed with what was going on at work and had lost sight of my priorities. 

It seems that it is easier and easier to become distracted by the "noise" of life going on around us. This leads us to shift our priorities around and not always in the correct order. I am just a mom doing the best I can, and I fail daily. Hopefully, I also learn daily. I still remember the sign that Nancy Gabrielson gave me when she retired. It stated, "Don't look back you are not going that way". So as I reflect, I realize that it isn't about what I should have or could have done, it is about what I will do in the future. My challenge for you this week is to review your priorities and be focused in the moment. 

Sometimes when you're overwhelmed by a situation - when you're in the darkest of darkness - that's when your priorities are reordered. - Phoebe Snow


-Amy McDaniel, Belmond CEO

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