Welcome to the Reflection Pool

What inspires you…can inspire others.

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.

Featured Reflections

Different Drums, Different Drummers

If I don’t want what you want, please don’t tell me I am wrong.

If I believe differently than you, at least pause before you correct my view. If my emotion is less or more than yours, given the same circumstances, don’t ask me to feel more or less than you. 

If I act, or fail to act, in a manner of your design for action, let me be.

I’m not asking you to understand me—that will only come when you stop trying to change me into a copy of you.

I may be your spouse, your parent, your child, or your colleague.  If you allow me my own wants, or emotions, or beliefs, or actions, you must open yourself so that someday, my ways won’t seem so wrong, and might finally appear to you as right —for me. 



To put up with me is the first step to understanding me. Not that you embrace my ways as right for you, but that you are no longer irritated or disappointed with me for my seeming waywardness. By understanding me, you might come to prize my differences from you, and instead of trying to change me, you’ll preserve and nurture those differences.

  • Compassion

Submitted by Mission Team

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.

  • Excellence

Submitted by Mission Team

Making the World Better

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness—kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.

  • Integrity

Submitted by Mission Team

Laying Bricks

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.

  • Integrity

Submitted by Mission Team

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