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by Joan Bachman

That Little Voice in My Head
   Do you occasionally have crazy thoughts run through your mind? Random ideas that pop up out of the blue? What do you do about them? Next time, act on the idea while it’s fresh -- unless your conscience says this is not a good thing.
   As a result of acting on those messages, I have written or called friends who needed kindly contact and met people outside my usual circle – always to the benefit of both of us. I’ve had opportunity to learn a whole new set of realities that changed my world views. Wonderful personal growth.
   Take advantage of that unexpected opportunity.

Immigrants, Refugees, Pioneers
   My family originated from immigrants who were pioneers. They plowed new land, either literally or figuratively. I owe my present status to their courage, hard work, and determination. It is maybe now my responsibility to support new pioneers??
   As of last month, I am employed on a limited basis working with an established nonprofit. Turns out I am the minority person in the office, based on both race and age. More learning outside my realm of being “the boss” for many years. There is work to be done and I can contribute because of my experiences over the years.
   I also volunteer with 2 new immigrant-led nonprofits – one for the homeless on U.S. soil, one for destitute mothers and children on foreign soil. I’m seeing the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color) population more clearly. Humbling and exciting to see new leaders emerging as they pioneer toward a dream.
   These experiences are reminding me of when I have taken on a project as the ‘leader with passion’, to the exclusion of almost everything else for a short time. Good things get done with that kind of dedication and determination.

Spring IS coming!! –
   The weatherman reminded us a couple of days ago that Spring is usually disappointing. We are SO ready for warmth and green and dirty fingernails. One warm day in the garden proved my muscles need practice, so the freezing temps have given reprieve for healing and getting ready for the next warm day.
   Tulips will bloom soon. Lilies are popping up all over, peonies are poking through cautiously. Grass is greening. Robins are singing, ducks are waddling across the yard.
   The Kids will till up a garden spot for an easier garden this year – to include one raised bed for the rabbits’ favorite foods. I’m selfish.

Life is Good!

About the Author

Joan Bachman

Joan Bachman is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Registered Health Information Technician, and Faith Community Nurse. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Joan has experience as a Nurse, Administrator, Developer, Trainer, Grant Writer, and served as Administrator of SD State Survey Agency. She has consulted with health care facilities and nonprofit organizations and presented leadership training. Joan is the author of Guidebook for Assisted Living Facilities and Senior Service Providers and Guidebook for Physician Services in the Nursing Facility, and she has published in professional journals.


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