What’s YOUR Piece of Pie?
Mine is Pecan Pie. . .
but Pumpkin will do just fine. . .
ESPECIALLY IF I DON’T WAIT UNTIL THANKSGIVING DAY
Who was your best friend in 6th grade?
I had about two or three of them who we all hung out together
before, during and especially after school.
We were in Mrs. Glass’s class
and she was looking right at Louie Pepino and I
as she told us the story about the Ant and the Grasshopper?
The Grasshopper wasted his hold Summer playing and having fun while the Ant worked hard every day to prepare for the long Winter ahead and sure enough, when the Winter came, because the Grasshopper did no planning but just fooled around and had fun every day he died, while the Ant was nice and cozy enjoying the rewards of his hard work during the Summer.
I’ll never forget what Louie said to Mrs. Glass after she told this story.
“Mrs. Glass. . .
the Ant died one day too, didn’t he?
And. . .
and he never lived or had any fun at all.”
K A B A M
Louie got detention for a week
and didn’t have many Grasshopper moments after school
but he sure did become quite a Teacher,
himself in class that day. . .
one that I unfortunately mostly have forgotten than remembered. . . .
Y O U ?
If you think that being a
C a r i n g C a t a l y s t
means being more of an Ant than a Grasshopper. . .
t h i n k a g a i n
It’s even more than just
It means having Pumpkin Pie before Thanksgiving
J U S T B E C A U S E
Somewhere in the 1990’s the term,
C o m p a s s i o n F a t i g u e
became very vogue in describing the mental distancing
some healthcare professionals as a way to protect themselves.
According to Carol Taylor, Director of the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, she states setting realistic goals is key:
“You go into healthcare because you want to save or help people. Nowhere along the way does anyone tell you that doing good might be (end of life) hospice treatment, instead of the next best drug trial. We need to train and culture healthcare workers that this is a natural part of all of this. It doesn’t mean that someone failed. It’s getting to the point where it’s as acceptable to progress in a path toward a peaceful death as opposed to ‘I’m going to fight ever last inch’ Because you do get set up to think you’ve failed.”
now suggests that we maintain a professional network of people who are also dealing with the same issues;
that we exercise,
that we read,
that we spend significant time away from ‘the office’
and more time with family
maintain our sense of humor
and that we have more
G R A S S H O P P E R M O M E N T S
. . .that we have a Piece of Pie. . .
not just ONCE
A W H I L E,
So. . .
how about that piece of pie,
Mrs Glass may not be all that happy,
even she likes a good piece of pie—-
even if it’s not Thanksgiving!
(HAVE A SECOND PIECE!)