Iowa Specialty Hospital

The Brief by Reagan

June 13, 2022

Right now summer is in full swing, and that means the kids are busy and our family is on the run.  Sports, friends, and all sorts of other events have now consumed our lives with no real end in sight.  I think this is what summers are.  We are trying to pack as much into these few months as we possibly can while the kids are out of school. As a result, it really doesn’t seem like anyone got a break, so usually by the end of summer, the idea of school starting seems very appeasing.  

The benefit is plenty of one-on-one time with each one of the kids as I drive them to this event or that one.  I have them trapped in a vehicle for a period of time and get to just focus on them for that moment.  To be honest, I really look forward to those car rides as we travel all over the state this year.  

As things continue at a crazy pace you have to find the “silver lining”.  For me, it’s a car ride and one-on-one time with the kids. At work, it’s getting to have a conversation and building a relationship with the people I work with every day.  Most days it’s easy to focus on all the things that are going wrong in the world as it is there are plenty.  What’s hard is looking back and seeing what good happened, and that’s one of the most important things we can do.

Those small victories are what drive us into the next day.  They propel us through the next problem.  As you go through your day, find your small victory or positive outcome and focus on that.  Store those wins; remember them as they will drive you through the next difficult encounter.   

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