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Amy's Reflections

November 25, 2015

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. ― Charles Dickens

Happy Thanksgiving Week! We should all take time to stop and be thankful more in our lives. I have recently had several of those moments when you sit back and think thank goodness. The first example started with Andrew breaking his arm. Everyone was so very helpful and the clinic worked him right in. Dr. Chance Coppola was great with him and Dr. Kakade came down and met with us as well. Stopped me in my tracks and made me give thanks for the incredible team we have here.

The second example was this past Thursday at the Foundation meeting. Gary Berkland had asked the group to share stories of any recent experiences at the hospital. It was amazing to listen to the group share stories of comfort and calm in the midst of whatever crisis was going on. One example was a pacemaker that kept going off and they brought the patient to the ER and shared that Amy Brister was amazing and that Dr. Colby was wonderful. Again, made me stop and appreciate the moment and the incredible things that happen here every day.

The third example happened at mass on Saturday evening. A gentleman behind us in the pew started to have a medical issue and several people stepped right up and didn’t hesitate to offer a helping hand. As I sent Rick back to help, Laura McVey, Maryann Lohse and Monica Siemens also responded to this person in their time of need. The ambulance crew responded quickly and efficiently and everyone did their part. Another moment that had me filled with awe for those around me.

With all of the negative things going on in the world these days it is easy to lose sight of the positive things going on all around us. I challenge you to stop and reflect this week on all the wonderful things that happen around you and be truly THANKFUL! If you pause for even a second, you will be amazed at the random acts of kindness that happen every day.

Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give. ― Ben Carson


-Amy McDaniel, Belmond CEO


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