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Taking time to think about Time

Oct 1, 2018 | Heritage


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Time.

I’ve been thinking a lot about time lately.

Maybe it’s because I’m approaching a milestone birthday … maybe because my baby’s baby is in full time school … or maybe it’s because I’ve realized that for many years I’ve taken time for granted. I don’t know for sure but this month I’d like to talk a little about this with you all.
Think about common phrases that talk about time. Time flies; a race against time; buying time; time’s up; once upon a time etc. When you really think about it, we spend a lot of time talking about time but do we really value the time we have? I know I haven’t.

I watch my grandchildren who can spend hours colouring pictures, playing with their toys or getting lost in their favourite movie. They live in the moment – never really worrying about what comes next or what they should be doing instead of the pleasure they are taking in at that moment. Contrast that with some of the families we care for in our palliative care unit who are hoping for just one more day, one more hour or one more minute with their loved ones. Time is a very different concept for them; equally relevant and equally right but different. Many of our HDGH family have retired and we’ve celebrated with them. Some of our HDGH family have suffered a loss of a loved one and we’ve grieved with them. Each of these life milestones is a mark in our own timeline.

Let’s talk about time slightly differently.

This quote by Andy Warhol resonated with me for so many reasons; “They say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” What if we all look at time as carefully as we do money and spend it accordingly?


What do you think needs to change? Maybe it’s here at HDGH. It could be changes in your neighbourhood or maybe it’s in our City/Region or Province. Maybe it’s in you, yourself or your family.


Reflecting back on Warhol’s quote, we can’t expect things we think need to change to just happen – we need to engage – make things happen – spend our valuable resource of time on it.


130 years ago this year five nuns from the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph did just that. They heard that there was a need in our community and they decided to do something about it. So they left Montreal behind and built a life, a community, a hospital and, in my own personal opinion, a future here. They spent time – countless hours of it - making a difference. We will be celebrating them and their work, and reflecting on what they began 130 years ago as we create our heritage recognition features here at our hospital.


More than that though, they built a legacy, a strong dent in our history upon which we are building our future here in Windsor-Essex. We are committed to making a difference through our work with vulnerable populations, our commitment to a prosperous, healthy community, our healthcare services and our focus on building a resilient hospital. We are making the time for these priorities.


I leave you with some of the lyrics to a song that spoke to me when I was much much younger than I am today. Time in a bottle by Jim Croce – an artist who had much less time than he should have in this world. It’s a love song but the idea of saving time in a bottle inspires me … like saving your pennies in a piggy bank.


If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day
'Til eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you


But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go
Through time with


If you think about it, each and every moment of our lives is time. These moments are meant to do great things.


So use up these moments wisely. Laugh. Create bold new ideas. Find common ground. Make things better and take the time to do it right.


Jan

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