Thanksgiving 2016

As hard as it is to believe, it is Thanksgiving again already.  Thanksgiving is a time for all of us to stop running like we are crazy and reflect upon what we have to be thankful for.  Most of us are blessed beyond anything we deserve with health, family, wellbeing, a career and a lifestyle.  Most of my generation is blessed with a much higher standard of living than we grew up in.  In my case, I am so blessed that I would not know where to start to give proper thanksgiving for all that I have to be thankful for.

I am thankful for each and every one of you, my blog followers.  I am thankful for every person that has intervened throughout the course of my life to save me from myself or to mentor me so that I might be better prepared to serve healthcare organizations at their time of need.  Many of you have played critical roles by providing opportunities that have helped me to grow my skill and relevance to organizations in transition.  Many of you have taken chances on me to provide opportunities that I likely did not deserve to demonstrate that I might make a difference.   I am eternally grateful to everyone that has played a formative role in helping me become the person that I am today.  I sincerely hope that I have not been too much of a disappointment to some of you.

I am eternally grateful for the unbelievable people I have had the privilege of working with.  The incredible demonstrations of integrity, drive and knowledge around me have inspired me to embark on a never-ending odyssey of self-improvement.  I wish I was able to personally thank each and every one of you but time does not allow and I would be certain to overlook someone.

Recently, a CEO of a hospital I had served told me that the place was better for my intervention.  He went on to say that people in the town that never knew I was there owed me a debt of gratitude for the difference my service had made in that hospital and community.  Like so many people like us, this is what we live for; the opportunity to make a difference.  To help an organization and the people that make it up be better for the patients and families we serve.  We are so blessed to work in healthcare where our work improves the abilities of the organizations we serve to save lives and heal people.

Each and everyone of us can always find ways to be better.  This is a heavy burden for those of us serving in the healthcare industry.  In our case, people that do not know us are entrusting their very lives to our ability to insure that the organizations we serve delivers the very best that is possible for them.

I owe my family, especially my wife, thanks for putting up with me .  .  .  through years of education while working.  For getting moved several times.  For suffering with me through terminations and transitions.  For encouraging me and believing in me when no one else believed in me including myself.

I am thankful that I live in the United States.  In spite of the malaise that characterizes our country and the political divisiveness we suffer under, we still live in the best country on earth.  Not deterred by the fact that over the past eight years, we have seen the standard of living begin to fall as opportunities for the young, especially those in the middle class evaporate or are exported over seas;  we can remain thankful and resolved to each do our part to fix this mess for our children and grandchildren.  Now we have a historic opportunity to reverse some of the blight that has overwhelmed our country.

We all need to remember and be thankful for those that sacrificed so much to give us what we have in spite of the thankfully shrinking contingent of consistently incompetent, self-serving, dishonest and sorry politicians that we elected.  This is one thing we can thank the current administration for.  There has never been such a comprehensive sea-change of leadership at every level in our country inspired by disgust at what Washington has become.  Remember, it was around this time in 1941 that the Japanese fleet sailed for Pearl Harbor.

Last but not least, I wish to especially thank those in my inner circle.  Those that report to me directly or work closely with me who collectively have seen to it that I do not fail.  They consistently refuse to let me quit or get down on myself. Not only that, they will not allow me to get discouraged in spite of the daunting tasks I face.  They will not allow me to become demoralized and they continue to sacrifice much of themselves for the cause of the hospital we serve to insure that failure does not occur on our watch.  Thanks to all of you.

Every year, I try to make some calls during Thanksgiving week to thank some of the people that have meant so much to me.  I encourage you to do the same.  Life is so delicate, precious and short.  Among my regrets are things that I wish I had said to some people about how much they had meant to me or my family before it was too late.  Do not let this happen to you.

Here is a thanksgiving toast to you and yours:  Here is to health, money & love and the time to enjoy them – John D. McDonald

THANKS to each of you for being such a positive part of my life.  I wish the very best for you and yours for Thanksgiving and the upcoming Christmas season.  I appreciate each and every one of you.

Ray Snead

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