“Spiritual Reflection”



“Spiritual Reflection”

Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has suffering. Buddha

There is only one God and he is God to all.  We should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, and a Christian become a better Christian.  Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa)

Recently Mother Teresa was canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.  How does someone become a Saint?  Aren’t those people from a long time ago who lived in a different time/culture than we do today?  What can I learn by her example?

The answer is simple, she loved people.  She didn’t ask people about their faith or perspective before she served.  She looked for people in need, serving the poorest of the poor or providing services to people with AIDS when others were afraid.

It would be easy to think “oh that is Mother Teresa she is one in a million”.  The reality is when we look around there are saints everywhere.  CNA’s and nurses that day in and day out provide compassionate care.  Members of the environmental and dietary teams that provide consistent humble service.  Leaders that patiently and positively grow stakeholders to find purpose in their work.  Home office team members that work behind the scenes to keep the revolution moving.  One such saint is Stacy Smith a nurse aide at the Memphis facility; click here and see her story.

In today’s whirlwind environment it would be easy to think I have no power or influence, but everyone can be the hands and feet of God and when we look around many stakeholders are doing that.  The challenge is can we join together as one team; loving those around us.

Mother Teresa had high expectations of Sisters of Charity and she built a movement with one simple reference “God doesn’t ask us to do great things.  He asks us to do small things with great love.”

God today give me the patience to look for an opportunity where I can lovingly be your arms, legs or voice where compassion and love are needed.

 David R. Baumgartner, SPHR, SHRM-SP, SSGB, CNA
VP of Spirituality and Sacred Six


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