Imagine by Heather Currie

Some months ago, in what now feels like a different life, a golden oldie on the radio stirred emotions which inspired me to put pen to paper…..

“Imagine all the people, living life in peace.

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
I hope some day you’ll join us,  and the world will be as one…”

World peace, wouldn’t that be awesome, but unachievable? What about starting small, what about peace in our own organisation…do we have that? If not, why not?

I am hugely privileged to now be more involved with colleagues across specialties and across professions.  I see many teams who work well together with individuals caring for and supporting each other. Yes, we all have difficulties that crop up but that can usually be talked through and solutions found.
However, I am saddened to see some individuals who are unhappy, feel that they are being bullied, dread being on shift with certain colleagues, become unwell. I also notice others who do not realise what impact a word, a comment, a frown, a gesture can have on those around them.
Why can it sometimes be difficult for us to be nice??

Have you ever snapped at someone,  raised your voice, talked over someone, rushed a conversation that was important to someone, didn’t make the effort to say good morning,  didn’t thank or congratulate someone for doing a great job, made someone feel belittled, unimportant,  less valued?
I have, probably many times, for which I would like to hugely apologise to each and every one.
I ask myself why…pressures, frustration, my own worries and insecurities, being unaware of the impact of my actions.

A quote that I saw recently rings true..

People will forget what I said
People will forget what I did
But people will always remember how I made them feel

We work in a wonderful organisation but there are many pressures and stresses. The last thing that we need is to be fighting with each other. Not only does fighting and unpleasantness make life miserable for ourselves, but ultimately affects patient care..”civility saves lives”. ”

This was written and parked, and the world changed. In the last few months we have coped with our lives being turned upside down. We have worked together with incredible energy, understanding, innovation and support. Now we are reflecting on our experiences and learning and planning the new world ahead with some uncertainty and anxiety. Let’s continue to reflect on our own behaviour, support each other, and be nice. We need each other more than ever before in this strange uncertain world.

Never has this been more true for me personally than in the last few weeks when my world was further rocked by a tragic family loss. The kindness and support shown by colleagues was wonderful and got me through the challenging and deeply sad times. Thank you all so much.
Whatever is ahead of us, I know we will be ok if we are kind to each other, and ourselves.

I don’t need to imagine!

Heather C 1

Heather Currie is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Associate Medical Director for Acute and Diagnostics and Women and Childrens at NHS Dumfries and Galloway

 

 

12 thoughts on “Imagine by Heather Currie

  1. Firstly Heather, I am so sorry for your family loss, and secondly I have experienced nothing but kindness from you both as a colleague and as service user..
    It’s really so much easier to smile, ask people how they are and lift your head and say hello when you pass people in the corridor…. that smile and human contact can and will make all the difference… and it’s good for all our health! And I cannot wait to start hugging again (only for those who are willing to be hugged of course) x

  2. I’m sorry to hear of your loss Dr Currie. We are sending hugs from stranraer. This blog is very heartwarming. A smile can mean so much. A wonderful quote indeed. Take good care.

  3. Was it Thumper that said: “If you can’t say something nice then don’t say nothing at all?” A good motto if you ignore the double negative! Thank you Heather – couldn’t agree more.

  4. Thank you for your blog Heather and I am sending you through the virtual world a smile, a hug and kind thoughts your way by return for the kindness I see you so often showing others.

  5. What an inspirational piece of written work . I have printed your picture & put quote on our wall for all to remind themselves its the little things that make a big difference.

  6. Hi Heather, no words to describe your loss and was very saddened when I heard. You are such a wonderful and warm person, this blog resonates with me as you have always supported me with your words that carry warmth. You are an honest and genuine person who is clearly true to yourself in the way that you think, feel, and want to be seen by others . Certainly as above comments says inspirational. Thanks for sharing Heather

  7. A very thoughtfully written blog and so true, be nice to people as you never know what they may be going through. Sorry for your loss.

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