We were able to tour two of the 14th century monasteries and marveled at them and their 1000 year-old murals. The murals graphically and stunningly depict iconic stories from Christianity. During the tour, our guide mentioned that the monks were, initially, only allowed into a dark chapel and had to earn their right to ascend into a room filled with more light. How did they gain entry, you may ask? We were told that It was through suffering and humility. Each day consisted of the same routine: prayer in service to God; work; and rest.
So how does this relate to leadership? My thoughts...
- For many, the direction of healthcare today is uncertain and the changes are perceived as painful. In many ways, we are mourning the loss of familiar roles and systems. I wonder if humility and service to a larger purpose may help us transcend from darkness into light?
- Those of us who chose to go into healthcare did so to be able to improve our patients' health and to help them have a comfortable death. May we remember that purpose when we are tempted to go to that dark place of victim mode.
- Do you remember the song: "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden?" No one ever promised us that everything would stay the same. In actuality, the only certainties are change and death. What is happening in healthcare is not about us. -May we channel a monk's servant attitude to lead our way to better healthcare for all.
- As we work tirelessly toward our purpose, may we remember to take time-out and rest. Our bodies and our minds need these breaks so that we may continue to do our work.
I look forward to hearing your discoveries!