Be a compassionate optimist

“Happiness is an attitude.

We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.

The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigler


Mark Atkins in the Lab shared this quote with me a while back and I thought I would pass it on because it helps frame my next couple of blog posts.

We work in health care and its important for us to be optimistic and compassionate, our patients deserve as much.  There are times that the reality of life weighs on all of us and its hard work to maintain a positive outlook but if you look around you will see reminders of why you should be positive every day.

Our Mission is “To provide exceptional health and wellness services with friendliness and compassion” and our Vision is “To make a positive difference in the health and wellness of each life we touch”.  Our Mission and Vision contain the words friendliness, compassion and positive. 

We are in the business of saving lives and we see miracles happen on a daily basis so optimism should be central to each of us.  I’d like to share another quote with you that defines optimism.  This quote is from Billy Butler who plays for the Kansas City Royals.  The Royals had yet to win a game at home at the time I typed this blog and the Royals were stuck in a 12 game losing streak.  Fortunately, the Royals fortunes have turned if even just a little bit.

“We’re only 15 games in; a lot of season left,” Royals designated hitter Billy Butler cautioned. “It’s not even digging out of a hole. It’s not even enough games to be considered a hole yet.”  Whether or not you agree with Billy’s assessment, you have to appreciate his optimism. 

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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