With summer winding down and schools starting back up, my children have been so excited for what lies ahead. As we’ve prepared for the upcoming school year, I have been struck by the optimism and true love of learning that my children (6th and 3rd grades) have expressed. With only one week of school under their belts, every day is the best day ever! They love to share with me what they have found they are really good at, what they love doing, who they met that they enjoy, and how great their teachers are.
This optimism and ability to be present is so natural when we are children, but can be difficult to retain throughout our lives. The challenges we face, and the burdens we all carry, can weight our thoughts towards planning for the future we anticipate.
Lao Tzu has said “If you are depressed, you are living in the past, if you are anxious, you are living in the future, if you are at peace, you are living in the present.”
Our “cups” cannot be “refilled” anywhere but in the present. What if we were to think more about how great our teachers are? How much we enjoy someone we met today? What we have learned we are really good at? By intentionally thinking of these things, we may become more aware of the positive things that are happening, the talent we are surrounded by, and the joys to be found amongst today’s challenges.
As leaders in the healthcare community, we carry burdens. We face challenges and demands on our energy and abilities. Over the past 18 months, we have been in a marathon but oft times at a sprint pace. How is it that we recharge ourselves? How can we be present enough today to “refill our cups” so we are leading at our full potential rather than enduring the demands of the day?
One of the most valuable benefits of being a member of ACHE and UHE is in creating a community, a group of people in the same profession who prize lifelong learning, personal development, giving back, and contributing towards excellence in healthcare. We can be a source of strength for one another, and be present together in this moment in time.
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” — Alice Morse Earle