We are passionate about creating a welcoming and caring environment for employees, patients, and families. To keep us true to our mission and core values of reverence, integrity, compassion, and excellence as we work and serve others, we use reflections at the start of every meeting. Reflections can create a dialogue and a new reality by inviting us to notice what we may not have noticed before, which in turn can positively transform how we think and feel about ourselves, others, and the world.
Feel free to browse our Reflection Pool for inspiration for your next reflection – whether to be shared with a group or for you personally. We hope this is a resource you find useful and come back to frequently.
In addition, we invite you to inspire others with a submission of a short story, poem, sacred story, scripture, or famous quote that encourages others to reflect on their personal or collective experience—in our being and in our doing.
These Roses under My Window
These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones. They are for what the are; they exist with God today.
There is no time to them, There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence. Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; in the full-blown flower, there is no more; in the leafless root, there is no less.
Its nature is satisfies, and it satisfies nature, in all moments alike. There is no time to it. But man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future.
He cannot be happy and strong until he, too, lives with nature in the present, above time.
Humility: accepting ourselves and others just as we are—with limitations, vulnerabilities, and imperfections included—as equally valuable and beloved by God without having to prove our worth by what we accomplish, what we own, or what we do right.
Humility is about slipping underneath judgements by which we limit ourselves and one another to love and act fearlessly with power and authority.
Any Task in Life is Easier if…
Any task in life is easier if we approach it with the “one at a time” attitude.
To cite a whimsical saying: “If you chase two rabbits, both of them will escape.” No one is adequate to do everything all at once. We have to select what is important, what is possible, and begin where we are with what we have.
If we begin and if we keep going, the weight, the worry, the doubt will begin to lift. We can’t always do everything, but we can do something now. As Plato said, “The beginning is the most important part.”
Build a Better World
You can’t build a better world without improving the individuals. We must work on improving ourselves, and at the same time, share a responsibility for all humanity. Our duty is to aid those to whom we think we can be the most useful.