What Brings You Hope?

I once joked at a meeting about my role as a CEO.  I said my job was to line up the workforce somehow and have them all move in the same direction independent of me. I knew I had to do that, all while knowing that I had 2,000 employees, each with their own direction and passions.

I want to carry on from last week about what brings hope. One of the things that brings me hope is that out of my sight, you are doing your part to support people to do their best, to challenge people, and to take responsibility.  You are lined up.

Eloise Adegbola is a leader in our Connecticut programs. She told me this story.

I made a visit to the hospital to see my granddaughter who weighed only two pounds. Like many other people, I wanted to peek at the other babies too. I noticed one crying and as I got closer, I began to speak, “Don’t cry”.  At that moment, I smelled the alcohol on his breath.  Now I was crying. The nurse chastised me that I was not supposed to be interacting with other babies.  She said my job was to inform people that these babies are suffering and we can prevent that.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome cannot be cured. It can be prevented.  So anything which glories drinking or using drugs is just not something we should encourage.  Every baby deserves a chance to live well. One song/video which suggests that it is OK to do whatever you want is “Turn down for what”.

As with most popular songs, it has a nice beat. But in this case, the words are irresponsible. October was Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. Every month needs to be a month to consider the opportunity.  Support education and awareness of the impact of alcohol in pregnancy.

I have hope in large part because Eloise works here.

Share what brings you hope. Share generously. Hope is free.

December 1st, 2016 Uncategorized
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