WellEM, January 17, 2022
Hello to all,
As the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. day comes to an end; it is my sincere hope that we keep his dream in the forefront of our lives. King inspired people of all races. He showed the world that you can create change in a non-violent manner, and stand up for injustice and inequality to bring about change. He envisioned a world where "all of God's children...will be able to join hands...". And though there is so much more to be done to achieve true equality in our country and in the world, the inspiration that we find in his life will continue to inspire us for years to come.
In an article in the Harvard Business Review, Scott Barry Kaufman, eloquently stated that "Inspiration awakens us to new possibilities by allowing us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations". Inspiration is an integral part of wellness. It is not however, something you can create. Inspiration is spontaneous. It takes you outside of yourself, to achieve something better. Inspiration forces us to believe in our abilities, have self-esteem and a sense of optimism. All of these things are key to resilience and creative problem solving. Something we truly need right now.
I offer these words of advice to help you find your own inspiration. Be open to new experiences, and stay positive. Whatever your inspiration involves, celebrate every small accomplishment that you achieve. In the land of the emergency department, illness treats everyone the same. Let us continue to find inspiration in the work that we do, and the care we provide for all, regardless of skin color or economic status. We make a difference in every person's life that walks through our doors. That's something to be proud of.
Stay safe. Have a great week.
Dr. Heidi Levine
Staff from the Center for Traumatic Stress, Resilience and Recovery will be in the ED on Friday between 2pm - 4 pm to offer resiliency tips and coaching to all. Please take advantage of this opportunity. There are a lot of things that we can learn to do to help ourselves through these stressful times.
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