Apr 5, 2021 | Community and Partnerships
What a spring we are already having! The weather has been glorious with great temperatures, lots of sun and the prospect of a wonderful growing season for those of us who like to garden (or even those of us who enjoy others gardens because we’re too lazy or not terribly good at gardening ourselves). My thought is that this summer I want to create a raised garden bed in my back yard to break up the ugly lawn we have (hubby loves the lawn – me not so much). Up to this point, my dreams of garden-glory are merely that, a dream or an idea. I will definitely have to take some concrete steps to move it out of the idea phase and into reality. Truth is, there is no chance that I’ll be seeing some lovely flowers, butterflies and birds in my backyard unless I set forward a plan to make it happen. My garden will not just magically appear. It will require some thought, an action list and probably a few Home Depot purchases to bring this garden into a blossoming reality (pun intended.)
This notion of wanting something, dreaming of something, hoping for something being a wonderful time waster or nugget of optimism is great, but sadly this is nothing more than a time-waster if you’re actually wanting to experience it firsthand. The notion of turning hope into action, transformation and change is the theme of April’s blog.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what we all hope for as we begin to see the end of the pandemic and I’ve talked to our HDGH staff about this as well. Some common themes during these conversations have been:
Personally, I’m looking forward someday hopefully soon to bringing my grandchildren to the movies, taking my grandson bowling, my granddaughter to get her nails done and maybe a dinner with friends that I’ve missed seeing for this past year. I particularly want to have my extended family at my home this summer to finally have the celebration my mom asked us to have in her final instructions to us – we haven’t been able to do that for her or for us. We, like other families, need to close that chapter and come together to remember someone we miss terribly.
Hope – it’s a wonderful thing and the one feeling that is never final. We’ve all begun to let our hopes grow and talking more about what we will do when the pandemic is finally over.
But here’s the thing with hope – it’s not a plan folks. Hope alone won’t get us to the end of the pandemic. Hope won’t get us on airplanes. Hope won’t allow us to gather to say goodbye to those we’ve lost, to celebrate or walk into a grocery store without a mask. While important, Hope is NOT enough.
We need a plan of action. What can we do? What will we do? What will YOU do?
One thing we need to do is get vaccinated. I know that some of you will read this and say I have no business telling you what to do and that’s true. I’m not talking to you as a hospital CEO who, has quite honestly, had her fair share of professional and personal challenges over this last year. I’m talking to you as one hopeful, action-oriented person to another. I’m asking you to go from hoping for better times, to taking action into making those times part of our shared reality. We all need this to end and for those of us who are able to get the vaccine, this is one sure action to take for much more manageable day-to-day living.
If you have questions, ask them.
If you have concerns, raise them.
If you are afraid, talk to your physician or health care professional.
With so much misinformation about this virus out there, local partners, including HDGH, have come together to support www.WEVax.ca – a central source for all things vaccinations. Whether you want to find out if you are eligible, how to book an appointment, locations of clinics, parking, transportation, etc. you will be able to find it on this website.
On March 25, 2021, I was fortunate to be joined by three of our HDGH physicians, Chief of Staff, Dr. Andrea Steen, Dr. Jeff Cohen, Program Medical Director of Restorative Care and Dr. Don O'Neill, Occupational Health Physician to discuss vaccine hesitancy. The webinar is available here should you want to learn more about the vaccines and have some of your questions answered.
While there is always space for hope and optimism, those feelings must be met with our own inherent ability to makes choices and to act. We are not out of the woods on our COVID days. How we get to experience our tomorrow, will very much depend on our actions of today. As one of those actions, I write to you with an encouragement to get that shot, probably one of the most important shots you will have taken in a long while. Let’s together begin to heal from our shared experiences brought on by this virus – what an exciting tomorrow that will be.
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