We made it! November effectively launched the Holiday Season.
The good news is that we are making headway. However respite is still beyond the horizon and our need to both endure and remain agile is going to be tested. The holiday season feels unnaturally different this year. Our shared mission of caregiving has us slogging into 2021 already nearly exhausted. We have constraints on us from so many vectors it's downright depressing at times. Its devoid of energy and the engagement of colorful celebrations we are accustomed to. It feels more than subdued. People are reticent. Groups are overtly cautious. That is certainly a reasonable response to our shared reality. To loft some pithy claim of a "bright-side" is laughable. Seriously, platitudes are NOT welcome right now.
I’ve been part of countless conversations this year across the northwest and nationally and I can attest the desire for real connection is universal in our league. Let me add-on by confirming for you that every leader I’ve spoken with is both acutely aware of the challenges ahead and the need for energy to endure and they all are striving to fill that void. Sans platitudes. They know that what is needed is beyond sunny laments and forced attempts at camaraderie. Fortunately, we Nurse Leaders wield a unique implement of power to help us in this time of need: symbolism. It's become part of our Nursing DNA from the moment Florence lifted that lamp. Yet it is oft overlooked in its significance.
The holiday season is chock full of symbolism and our opportunity to position strongly for the tests ahead. Holidays are timeless and innately powerful symbolic rituals and are without question a massive lever for amplifying energy and invigoration. They are a foundational component of our shared experience, the stuff of being human. To diminish them is diminishing our reason to be. Some will point out, rightly so, that holiday celebrations are in themselves, draining. I won’t argue that point, from the aspects of money or time commitments. Yet those challenges can be easily mitigated. What I’m talking about is heart. That's the currency of celebration. Funny thing about heart is that the more you spend the more you get. The drain is inconsequential as the payback is exponential, the benefits ridiculously outweigh the costs
Our shared holiday celebrations are our real-world enactments of values and beliefs, imbued with almost a magical quality to to influence, amplify, reinforce, energize and invigorate. It’s those last two, energy and invigoration so we can endure and remain agile that I’m imploring our Leaders to deliver as we close out 2020. How can we not? We need the energy and invigoration to endure we are Nurse Leaders, these are at the core of what we do.
You are the faces of courage, grace and grit.