Where have I been?
Work, Home, Work, Home, Oncology, Home, Work, Casualty at 2am, Work,Oncology, Home and a little bit of Christmas Shopping! Quite a busy week! In between I found time to indulge myself with time for friends at a divine afternoon tea to celebrate a birthday girl and I attended the Business Woman;s Association year end lunch. No matter what is happening in your life its always a good plan to find time to see your girl friends. What life takes out of me they put back in. The Oncology Centre continues to surprise me - I really thought it would be a depressing place but it is a lesson in humanity. Caring staff and is it my imagination, but are the loveliest people prone to cancer? Yesterday a chap had so many people with him that I thought he may be famous person that I didn't recognise.. but no...his entire family had joined him for his final treatment and a photo shoot was in progress. When he rang that bell it was like Christmas! Casualty at 2am was a bit of a surprise too! V stopped using his pain meds as he is pain free, only to find that his body wants the drug regardless. So he had withdrawal symptoms and we had no idea what was going on, Of course the nursing staff knew immediately - Thank God for these competent and caring people! The waiting room was packed when we got there and we thought we would be in for a long wait - what we didn't know that at least half the waiting room was all waiting for one person and there was another car load outside. How the staff keep their patience with these patients I really don't know. They were in, out, in, out, in, out as if hospitals are a social meeting place to pop in and out of.
Who I have met?
Well its that time of year that I get to listen to Exit Presentations done by individuals on a formal leadership learning programme and seeing that this is the 'outcome' of my work then I always look forward to them, This year didn't disappoint and my most memorable moment was listening to a young man who has paid for himself - he makes peanut brittle in a sweet factory but he has decided he wants to better himself and works at 2 or 3 jobs to pay for his studies. His presentation was professional, personal, inspirational and its a wise man who can acknowledge what he knows and commit to what he still needs to practice and learn, It was a pleasure to listen to him and award him a distinction. In fact in a joy to hear about the learning path of these people and to know that I have played a small part in their growth and transformation. I had a double dose of inspiration this week as the BWA in PE invited me to speak at thier Hurdles and Help event and then I got to interact with their members yestrerday. I got to meet Mr South Africa again and what a lovely young man doing so much for worthy causes in his title year - I also got to catch up with women who work hard and accomplish much, The theme was glamour what a glamourous affair it was.
What I have learned?
It takes courage to be the real you. I have learned that many people carry something around with them that they need to say and are holding back through fear, embarrassment or vulnerabulity - It may be to express love or gratitude and it may be some feedback about a persons behaviour. Say what you feel now .....always in a manner worthy of repsect.
I have been reminded that many people work hard while we are sleeping to keep people safe and healthy - ordinary heros saving lives.
I have learned that in order to enjoy Christmas you need to reignite those childhood memories of anticipation and hope. Back then I hoped for a sack full of presents - now I hope to be surrounded by the presence of my love ones during the Festive season.
I have learned that more can be accomplished by a little planning and a lack of time - when you have much to do a little pressure can go a long way to spur you into action. No matter how busy you, make time for the special people in your life - Its important for them and you!
I have also learned that happiness and positivity is contageous - when you are short of it - Go look for it and drink it in!