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.
In Life We Do Things
In life we do things. Some we wish we had never done. Some we wish we could replay a million times in our heads. But, they make us who we are, and in the end, they shape every detail about us.
If we were to reserve any of them, we wouldn't be the same person. So, just live, make mistakes. Have wonderful memories. But, never second guess who you are, where you have been, and most importantly where you're going.
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.
Humanity is Indivisible
When former Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek found out he’d be awarded the Peace Prize of the Association of German Publishers in 1985 for his efforts in reconciling Arabs and Jews, he chose Manfred Rommel, mayor of Stuttgart, Germany and son of General Erwin Rommel, to present him the prize.
Upon accepting the prize, Kollek said, “Who would have imagined that the Field Marshal’s son and I would meet in the peaceful profession of being mayors? Isn’t that a symbol of peace—our theme here tonight?”
In the face of fanaticism and intolerance, there is a need for a deep belief in humanistic Jewishness: treat all people with the same respect and in the same manner.
This isn’t always recognized, especially among groups who only think of themselves and overlook the interests of others. According to Jewish belief, however, humanity is indivisible.
You May Encounter Many Defeats
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.