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Quiet Time

Jenabeth Ferguson

The ever-elusive quest to find quiet time. I often set aside time to be introspective and clear my head in order to write this column. To be perfectly frank it has not been easy this month. This time of year may prove the most difficult to find quiet moments. I reopened the blank document this morning and tried to shut out email and my phone. Nothing came. I had an appointment at lunch and I decided to run a few errands I had planned to do after work and put some space between myself and this blank document. Even after that my document still looks like a winter wonderland of white.

Let’s go back for a second and examine my attempt to clear my head this month. It was running errands! Because it is that time of year where every second is scheduled. If normal work, life and commitments are not enough, there are holiday parties, get togethers and of course all we have to get ready for the holidays. I almost always take the week between Christmas and New Year’s off. Kids are off of school and home from college, family is in town, it’s quiet at work and the hustle of bustle of the season is over so you can take time to enjoy the company of friends and family. In order to get there though I have a well thought out plan to get all shopping, wrapping, decorating and meal planning accomplished. It starts almost as soon as Thanksgiving is over.

No wonder I came back from my errands with my brain still not quieted. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, so I decided to write about it. I am a planner by nature and also professionally seeing as my job is to plan the Symposium every year. That means I have a leg up on a lot of people as I can organize all my to do’s and strategize on how to accomplish everything. However, that also means I tend to take on a lot because I can. Like one of my errands today was mailing 300 holiday cards I stuffed, stamped and labeled as part of the non-profit board I serve on.

All of this is a long way of saying I can empathize with the chaos and hectic feeling of this time of year. Even before the hustle and bustle of this season descended, I was having conversations with some people whose counsel I value about trying to be more balanced in my life. What do you do to help find quiet time in this sensory overload world? What traditions does your family still do that shut out technology and chaos to focus on being together around the holidays?

My wish for all of you is that you find those elusive quiet moments not just this time of year but all the time. I think we all need more of them.

Happy Holidays & a Healthy New Year!

Jenabeth Ferguson
Vice President, Symposium Director
Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo

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