How many of us wake up in the middle of the night thinking about the things we need to do both at home and at work? I awoke at 2.30am and found myself in my kitchen making lists, all because on Friday I finish for two weeks, realising that by the time we get back the children will be back at school, which is a nightmare, as more school uniforms will be needed quickly – thank god for the internet.
Whilst thinking about this I read my son’s summer essay – 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. George had described beautifully the merits of pursuing ideas to achieve success and become a genius, just like Thomas Ava Edison did when he invented the light bulb.
Little did I know how useful this saying would be, as following my sleepless night I facilitated a meeting with our key doctors and nurses to look at our future plans and how, in light of the current economic downturn, we would manage a potential reduction in funding. I wanted the team to look at the challenges ahead as an opportunity to remodel our services, implement new ways of working and improve the care we give to our patients.
How this demonstrated what geniuses we have here at The Christie – so much inspiration and perspiration, supported by the view to seek out opportunities in a time of change.
Finally, after a hard and long day, I met with two of my closest friends, who are great supporters of our fantastic hospital and are always full of ideas to make the world better. I do believe that when women get together as either friends or in business, they are hugely powerful and truly make things happen.
Now I need some inspiration and perspiration of my own in regard to packing the suitcases for our holidays. As all wives will know, this has not even crossed my husband’s mind.
So I would like to wish those who have not already been away a lovely summer break and farewell and I will be back in two weeks (that is if I pack in time!)