Gratitude

Grown children enjoying a meal with family and long-time friends.

Our lives are fleeting. I learned a memorable lesson about what is most important in life while on a recent week-long trip with Peter to London, England. The focus of our travels was to observe the 123rd annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which takes place on the first Sunday in November. I had not heard of it, but it was a favorite of Peter’s for years when he lived in London in the ‘90s...

Welcome everyone with open arms and hearts.

I escorted a visitor from a bank of interior elevators to the front entrance of my hospital the other day. Besides the fact that I've never been a fan of simply pointing directions to a guest anywhere, I was trained during my very first healthcare job to always walk, never point. So, it's second nature when I notice someone is lost to say, "I'll take you there.” I believe that for those of us not...

Small town Fourth of July parades remind us why we celebrate.

It’s July and just like every July, I cannot believe it’s July already! I look forward to summer so much that I’m in shock when July rolls around! How can it be July already? Summer just started and it already feels like the end of summer is near. The fourth of July is a milestone that seems to make the clock tick faster and the sun set sooner! I apologize if I sound too negative, not my intention...

When It Rains, It Pours and yet, We Endure

I could hear the buildup in her voice—the anger and resentment. The voicemail I received from a patient, whom I knew pretty well, started out relatively reserved, but by the end she was emphatically yelling into the receiver. In all honesty, I’m sure it was easier for her to yell at a machine than at a living breathing human being on the other end of the line. Nothing she said in that voicemail...

Bridget and her children.

Given that Thanksgiving falls in this month, and given that it is a gentle reminder to count your blessings, although we really should do it every day, it was fitting that my topic should be about gratitude! I have had a recent life experience that has compelled me to look at my personal gratitude through a different lens. Three weeks ago, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I have DCIS (Ductal...

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What is Gratitude? According to the Oxford dictionary, gratitude means the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. It is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of what they lack. Gratitude is the practice of taking time to notice and reflect upon the things you are thankful for in life. It doesn't have to be only for significant...