One of the things that we are constantly aware of in healthcare is “time.”
It is clearly one of our most important considerations in patient care. We also think about time in terms of efficiency and the use of resources. A phrase that I have often heard is that we work in an industry “where moments matter.”
Moments do matter. All of them—not just the moments where lives are at stake or because of how we are watching our use of resources. Life is made up of moments—and every moment has value. Life really happens in the moment, when plans become action and dreams become reality.
Our ability to truly live out our mission is best done in the moment—when we are focused and completely present for the task or interaction immediately before us.
Sometimes the moment calls us to truly listen to what is being said and the things going on around us.
Sometimes the moment asks us to be still and to listen for an inner voice, even the generative silence we encounter in prayer.
Sometimes being in the moment is sharing a laugh or smile with a friend or a colleague.
Sometimes the moment calls us to be reflective of a memory shared with another prompts a careful and thoughtful response.
Sometimes being in the moment is just enjoying a hot cup of coffee or tea with another.
Thornton Wilder once wrote, “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
How will you be conscious of your treasures today?