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Amy's Reflections

August 2, 2018

“Traditions are our roots and a profile of who we are as individuals and who we are as a family. They are our roots, which give us stability and a sense of belonging - they ground us.” ~ Lidia Bastianich

As one of our annual traditions before school, I took the boys shopping for school clothes this past weekend.  I knew I had limited time before they would be “bored” so we didn’t waste much time, picked out a bunch of things they liked and headed straight to the dressing rooms. Much to my surprise Andrew found jeans that he loved and will actually wear. He apparently was designed by God with comfort in mind and so if it isn’t comfortable he is not wearing it. Then on Sunday we organized closets and dressers and bagged up all the clothes that no longer fit. The week before we managed to pick up all the required school supplies and I believe everyone has backpacks from last year so I think we are ready for school. I love this time of year because for about a month I feel like I am in control and organized. I have made physical appointments for the kids and eye checks. I have added the school calendar to our family calendar and I feel “ready” to take on the challenge of another school year.  

The feeling of being organized and ready for the next challenge is an intense feeling. This sense of empowerment carries over into everything I do and most definitely my attitude. It is incredible how much you can accomplish when you have a positive attitude.  This past year we had many ups and downs as a senior leadership team. We have weathered that storm and are a very strong unified team now. We have many discussions on the changing landscape of healthcare and where we need to be positioned to ensure our success and future sustainability. Although this new landscape requires many difficult decisions and strategic choices we will find that our biggest key to success will be our foundation of how we treat each other and how we treat our patients. You are the key to our success. Committed, caring individuals that face each day empowered with the desire to affect change and make a difference. The impact that you leave behind creates waves and ripples that you can’t even see.  It could be the lifting of each other when we experience a loss to the celebrating our wins together. Through it all we are united force that cannot and will not be stopped. 
If you see me walking down the hall like I am ready to take on the world, no worries I am just organized for this moment in time and feeling unstoppable. My wish for you for this week is that you feel  that power and momentum too. 

"An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success." ~ Stephen Covey

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