I’ve started writing this a couple of times this week. I’m filled with angst. I have leftover anxiety from hearing that I may have been exposed to Covid (I wasn’t - the person’s test came back negative), angst from the debate the other night, angst from the end of summer, angst from stuff going on in the country and world … angst from people not treating each other with respect and compassion.
Someone asked me in the last week “what was one of the best pieces of advice you’ve ever received?” I said “rise above the emotion to see the games being played”. To me this means - try and remove yourself from getting angry or angst ridden because of what someone else is doing. The best thing for me to do - as I tend to get riled up fairly quickly - is to just sit back and breathe. And then, just do it, deal with the “issue” in the moment - with as much grace as I can muster. Things as minor as cleaning - if I just follow through and fill or empty the dishwasher now, then it won’t become a problem later. Or picking stuff up; acting in the moment … being kind to my future self.
In our standards of behavior, the last paragraph states that criticizing, complaining, or condemning Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics is against the standards. How I explain it at orientation is that it is much easier to deal or solve with an issue at the outset instead of waiting until it is a big issue. Empty or fill our proverbial dishwasher when appropriate. Let us know if you see something - don’t ignore it - it only causes bigger issues later.
So - if you see something, say something. Act quickly, with grace and calmness. There is really too much going on to let little things affect our bigger goals.