The Power of the Fall Back
This weekend we mark the end of Daylight Saving Time for one more year. That means we “fall back” an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning and start the countdown for when we “spring ahead” next March 13.
If all the clocks in your collection are smart enough to reset themselves through electronic means, the only one you must reset is your internal clock. Even so, you probably still have one or two that you must figure out how to reset manually. But regardless of how you handle the “what time is it really?” duties, how about taking a few of those extra minutes to think about the power of the fall back?
When clocks and watches were analog and had to be wound each day, the term that was used was to turn back the clock an hour. But that changed when most of the clocks became digital. The whole turning action had been lost and so, in recent years, the use of fall back has become much more prevalent.
There are several ways we use the phrase fall back, but the one I like best is to rely on, as in to fall back on something we know is going to be there when we need it.
For example, when your laptop or tablet battery runs down and you can’t type out your thoughts digitally, you can fall back on pen and paper. Or when your GPS doesn’t work as you thought it would, you can still fall back on the street signs and the map.
On a more emotional level, when you are disappointed or frustrated or hurt in a relationship, there is great comfort in having family and old friends who love you and who you know you can fall back on.
And on foundational level, when the idea that you thought was so brilliant doesn’t work out, you can fall back on doing things the way you’ve done them before until you can regroup and come at it again. In fact, when faced with situations that require learning and new skills, it is so important to know that you can fall back on the ways you have always used to learn and grow, so you can take on new challenges. Because that is what fall backs are – foundations to rely on that will always be there for you and that you can always rely on.
At Adventist Healthcare, our Vision, Values, and Mission are our fall backs. Even when situations seem unclear or uncertain, our shared Vision – providing a world-class patient experience to every person, every time – can provide powerful direction. When confronted with perplexing problems, the power of our Values – Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Stewardship – can help us make the right choice. And, most importantly, our Mission – to extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing – serves as our North Star to guide us in our journey to excellence.
Because our Mission is our most essential fall back – helping us to be persistent and steadfast in our commitment– it is also what allows us to spring ahead by enabling and motivating us to provide hope and healing to all those we serve.