President’s Column: Trepidation Be Gone!

When I publicly committed to the Well-Being Pledge at the phenomenally successful GSDC Workplace Well-Being Summit held on February 26th, I’ll admit that I did so with a bit of trepidation. It’s not that I don’t believe the multitudes of evidence that firmly support every element of the pledge. I definitely do. As they say, I “drank the Kool Aid” (the all organic, naturally sweetened version, of course). My trepidation comes with knowing the accountability for all of my future actions that lie ahead.

Worry not. I’m pleased to report great progress made earlier this month from a personal vantage point in further cultivating the “Social” element of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being 5. Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life.

My husband and I traveled with our adult children (Bobby, Lacey & son-in-law James) and three exceptionally adorable grandchildren (Addison – aka Addi, Levi & Genevieve – aka Nevi or JellyBean) to Cancun, Mexico for a five-day vacation at a fun-filled, family oriented resort on the pristine white sand beach of the Gulf of Mexico. No cooking, no cleaning and no time schedules to maintain (except for the flights to and from, of course). Our biggest challenge was keeping an adequate amount of sunscreen on ourselves and our”grands”.

We spent many hours in various pools, at the pirate ship themed waterpark at the resort, wading and body surfing in the ocean, beach walking and finding dozens of extra special seashells for keepsakes, and sleeping with the sound of the ocean as our backdrop. We had coconut ice cream daily. Mango daiquiris were also a daily staple for the adults with the youngsters enjoying a daily diet that included Shirley Temples (otherwise referred to as ‘cherry temples’ by our grandson, Levi). Life is good. It is good indeed.

And when our children and grandchildren left the resort to fly back home, Bob and I had another two days to spend together in sunny Cancun. Our first stop was to the ‘adults only’ pool that we hadn’t previously had an opportunity to visit. It didn’t take long for us to decide that we enjoyed being in the noisy, high energy family-oriented pools much more than the ‘adults only’ environment. So, we made our return to the same pools we had enjoyed with the younger members of our family.

So, while I wasn’t feeling any particular deficiency in my “social well-being” and have generally always felt an abundance of love in my life, the bar definitely was bumped another notch or two higher.

Without a morsel of trepidation, I invite you all to join me in taking the Well-Being Pledge, which is one of five steps in the GSDC Workplace Well-Being Initiative. Please recite after me: For the betterment of myself, my family, my organization and my community, I pledge to and will strive to:

  1. Contribute to a culture of health and well-being,
  2. Build an environment that presents healthy options,
  3. Link systems and health resources to all people,
  4. Align processes toward healthy activities,
  5. Design policies that encourage healthy choices,
  6. Consider the whole person and all elements of well-being,
  7. Promote the long view in this life long journey, and…
  8. Celebrate the results including increased levels of energy, creativity, innovation, productivity, life expectancy, quality of life, and well-being at the individual, family, organizational, & community levels.

To learn more about the Well-Being Pledge and the other steps in the GSDC Workplace Initiative, download the GSDC Workplace Well-Being manual here: Workplace Well-Being Manual.

Elsewhere in this publication you will find related articles about the CentraCare Health Foundation grant and GSDC Workplace Well-Being Summit, which was held on February 26.

Posted on March 31, 2015 and filed under President's Column.