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Like other Community employees, this morning I was greeted by an email from our system CEO Tim Joslin, saying thanks for putting our heart and soul into the work we do in caring for each other and our patients. This message triggered endorphins in me. I felt a burst of compassion, gratitude and pride. How many CEOs send a love note to their workforce?! So I thought- "Wow, I have to pay this forward!"
I started to use the power of the text message. (Would have tweeted but am ashamed to say I don’t know how!)
I sent a reply back to Tim essentially saying- "Right back at ya". I texted my team with Valentine’s messages and got a reply back from everyone. I texted some of my colleagues from across the county wishing them a Happy Valentine’s Day and mentioning the thing I valued most about our friendship. Then, I texted my son in Phoenix and his girlfriend Lauren in Lincoln. I was on an “Appreciation high” and wasn't even spending cash on Hallmark cards. I called a florist in Omaha and sent my 91-year-old Mother a bouquet of flowers with a note that said "Love you forever". She lost Dad to cancer on Christmas Eve last year, a day after he told her "I was so lucky that you married me.”
Then, in the middle of my self-made love fest I received a text from a fellow employee who happens to be male. It said, "I love you" and nothing else. He didn't even temper the sentiment by saying "ya" instead of you. “Hum” I thought. “Drats! Now I am in a pickle.” I felt this deserved a response that was tepid, measured, fully in compliance with the HLC policy training I have not yet finished. So I replied in a politically correct fashion saying, “Hey there, really glad you are a part of CMC! Thanks for all you are doing.” To which he replied, “LOL!! Sorry about that, I was writing my daughter Andrea!”
So, don’t let possible embarrassment, keep you from sending a note today and in the coming days to people who you love and appreciate! In fact, if you feel in the mood, reply to this blog and Multiply the Love!