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Amy's Reflections

August 4, 2016

"A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change, no matter what it is; once you do, you can learn about the new world you're in and take advantage of it".  ~ Nikki Giovann

August is one of my favorite months of the year. This month is usually associated with a lot of change as the kids head back to school, and they transition to new grades, new teachers and new adventures. I always start the school year off feeling organized and like we have a plan. No worries, it only lasts until about early October, and we are once again scrambling to get it all done. 

One of my favorite things in August is going back to school shopping probably because I have fond memories from my childhood of going back to school shopping with my mom. I valued this time spent with my mom and the moments we shared. I was typically less concerned about what we bought and just enjoyed the one on one time with her. I started this tradition with my kids a couple of years ago where I would take them one at a time to go back to school shopping and have lunch. It has become one of my favorite things to do because I cherish those moments with them and really get to see their individual personalities come through. It also makes me realize that we all need to slow down and enjoy those little moments as they go so fast.

As I watch my children transition to different grades, it reminds me how quickly it all goes. These changes that seem so monumental at the time are just a blip in our memories in no time flat. We need to keep that in mind especially in the healthcare field where things change so rapidly. Although the changes seem monumental and insurmountable given a little time and distance they will be just a distance memory. So, my challenge for you this week is to be thankful and cherish the moments. Live in the here and now. Be present for one another. 

"Be present in all things and thankful for all things."  ~Maya Angelou

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