What is worth doing if you don’t do it with intent and impact? My favorite quote, as said (in Spanish) by author Paulo Coelho, is “how many things do we lose for fear of losing?” Meh. Probably more than we should. So, let’s change that. Do what you do with intent. Find passion and inspiration in the things you do and the people you surround yourself with, because happiness is a choice.
One of most rewarding things about working in public sector healthcare is the opportunity for real impact in working with people who are underserved. But, we have an obligation to take it to the next level – my advice – get involved at the community level. Get to know the people you serve on a personal level.
This year, in my free time, you can find me supporting my favorite non-profit, Foresight Ski Guides. I’ll be volunteering in Vail and Beaver Creek, CO, with visually impaired participants and helping with social marketing to spread the message. Since its founding as a 501c3 organization in 2001, Foresight has provided hundreds of blind or visually impaired children, youth, and adults with opportunities to participate in winter snow sports, such as skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding. The Foresight program has motivated many folks to get healthy and fit enough to meet the program requirements and hit the mountain. I believe that changing someone’s outlook on personal achievement and accomplishment, as well as on health, is one of the best examples of impact we could possibly find.