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Sometimes as health care workers we can feel like we are body surfing in the ocean during a storm. The waves keep coming, there is not time to catch our breath before the next one is here, crashing all around us. There isn't time to regroup, we have to keep going, so we do.
What is the art of not only surviving but thriving in these conditions? Lately, staff have shared some of their strategies. They say:
Maybe body surfing really is a good metaphor (remembering of course that all metaphors have their limitations!).There is both skill and art to catching the waves, to flow with the movement instead of being tossed under the churning. It is great exercise for the body and the soul. It can be exhilarating, full of beauty and wonder, never the same ride twice. And of course, after awhile,it is time to get out of the water and take a rest before getting back in!