"The Great Resignation" continues to attract researchers and leaders, all trying to understand and solve this puzzle that has taken America by storm. People, by nature, seek what is in the best interest of themselves and their families. Sometimes, that means leaving their jobs. And even though there are times when we can't exactly blame them, it still hurts. It hurts when you have spent tireless hours investing into a professional relationship, and it especially hits you right in the gut when people walk off the job because they are just "done."
Lately, I have felt the pangs of this hurt on so many levels, but what hurts the most is hearing the pain experienced by residents, colleagues and associates. My heart aches when I hear the deflated spirit of a colleague and feel the sense of hopelessness that hangs heavily in the air.
Tonight, I listened to the tired, sweet and beautiful voice of a resident from another state, who simply asked me, "Why?"
I, too, felt deflated as she posed the question. I listened to the disappointment in her voice. She felt the associate who had resigned was like "family" to her, and our residents believe that families should be committed to one another. It was heart-wrenching to hear how personally this resident was suffering from the situation.
Humans are problem-solvers by nature, and by instinct, we want to fix the broken pieces, find the missing puzzle piece, and mend the rifts. There is a scripture in the Bible that says, "When you've done everything you can do, just stand" (Ephesians 6:13).
"Doing" is part of our nature, but during times when life is so overwhelming, sometimes all you can do is stand. Sometimes, standing is enough.
Standing requires strength, presence, and courage. Today, you may not have all the answers, and you may not be able to solve the problem, but you're here. That's what counts. Don't give up, and don't be discouraged. Just stand. Standing is winning.