Iowa Specialty Hospital

Amy's Reflections

May 11, 2017

“Freedom begins the moment you realize someone else has been writing your story and it's time you took the pen from his hand and started writing it yourself.” ― Bill Moyers

One of our house rules is if you commit to doing something than you have to see it through. Just like with all rules there are exceptions, but this is the standard that we strive to achieve. This week Shaila had committed to attending something with her father and at the last minute had a conflict and didn’t want to attend. In the end she reflected on her commitment and decided to go with her father after all. It can be very rewarding when you see the lessons that you have worked hard to teach your children come to fruition, those are the moments when you think you may be doing something right! 

Just like Shaila’s decision sometimes we get it right and sometimes we get it wrong. We are all human and we all make mistakes. The important part is the lesson learned from the mistakes and the personal growth achieved. It is so much easier to blame someone or something instead of taking personal ownership. Although this may be the easy path, it is definitely not rewarding and often leads to pent up frustration and hurt. This past week I responded to an email in the heat of the moment and misinterpreted the information in the email. I ended up having to apologize for my mistake and own my fault in it. Although initially difficult because I was convinced I was right, it was rewarding to take ownership and apologize.
 
This week I challenge you to reflect on your “mistakes” and own them. Life is about the leap, make a commitment, own it and jump in. 

Special thank you this week to Nursing for Nursing Week! We are so thankful for you and all that you do every day! 

“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.” - Unknown

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