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.
Based on Our Choices
Everything you do is based on the choices you make. You can't blame it on your parents, past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument, or your age. You are responsible for every decision and choice you make.
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.”
Honor Other People's Path
There is no "right" way to grow. See what is beautiful in every person's path, in every religion, and in every belief system. Honor other people's pahts, even if they are different from yours. Be inclusive and loving, and look beyond the form of people's beliefs to the essence. There is no right way; there is only the way that is right for you.
Once upon a time, there were three bricklayers.
When asked, “What are you doing?” the first bricklayer replied:
“I’m laying bricks.”
The second bricklayer was asked the same question. He answered:
“I’m putting up a wall.”
The third bricklayer, when asked the question “What are you doing?” responded, with pride in his voice: “I’m building a cathedral.”
If you search for this story online you’ll find different interpretations of the stories meaning, most including some sort of explanation about how the tale speaks to a person’s attitude and ability to see the big picture.
While these things are true and insightful, this story makes me wonder: Why do some companies have an overwhelming amount of cathedral builders? Then on the other hand, why do other businesses seem to only contain hordes of bricklayers?
There’s no question that a person’s individual perspective—attitude, ability to see the big picture, etc.–is crucial. But, the importance of the culture that individual is “IN” is often highly underestimated—even though a cultural explanation explains this conundrum much better.
Let me explain.
If there is a “we” component to our work—if there’s something about the collective group that makes us either better or worse as individuals—then this story isn’t just about a person’s mindset. It’s also very much about the culture surrounding the person.
As leaders we have very little control over how other people think. But if there’s something about the environment a person is in, which creates either more or less meaning in their work, then leaders are on the hook for something different.
A work environment—unlike a person’s mentality — is something a leader has a HUGE amount of control over.
So then the next question is: As a leader, how do I create more cathedral builders in this hospital? By building a better work environment.
Once we start asking that question, we’re headed in the right direction.