Together is the way forward.

 

Our philosophy is this: the more thoughtfully we work together, the more enriched our lives and the ones of those around us become. In partnership with our spiritual caregiver, Tom Harshman, we have identified three essential ingredients to keeping our spirits fed, our hope alive, and our common mission moving full steam ahead.

 

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Reflective pause

Our spirits are fed when we take time to reflect on our relationships and the meaning of our work. Our spirits are fed when we listen to the still small voice within us, to our intuitive nudges, and to our vocational calls, accessing those sources of wisdom for the benefit of our workplace culture. Our spirits are fed as we move more deliberately, and perhaps slowly, through our work, noticing the presence of the Divine in and amongst us. When we listen to stillness between us, as we work together, our culture flourishes.

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Life-giving relationships

Our spirit is fed through relationships. These relationships can be with our colleagues, our patients, their families, ourselves, the communities we serve, the Sacred, the Earth. They are characterized by warmth, kindness, compassion, challenge, problem solving, and hope. They reflect a broad inclusivity to which we all ideally bring our authentic self. Through these kinds of relationships, we are enriched.

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Meaningful-work

Our spirit is fed when work has meaning and purpose. This meaning can be experienced in either or both of two ways. When we know how our work contributes to the greater good, to another’s healing, or to our mission, and as we appreciate how our gifts are available for the common good, our spirits are nurtured. When our work expresses a value we hold dear, or furthers our sense of having personal integrity, our work has meaning. Making the connection between our daily activity, and community or personal meaning, contributes to our ability to shape hope.

Tom has served as a spiritual caregiver and educator in a variety of settings including hospitals, hospices, HIV service organizations, university, and substance misuse treatment centers. Tom is currently CommonSpirit Health’s Vice President, Pastoral and Spiritual Care, where he oversees the system’s spiritual care services and caregiver wellbeing functions. Tom received a Master of Divinity degree from the Iliff School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, from the University of Redlands, California. He is an ordained minister (Disciples of Christ), an APC board certified chaplain, and an ACPE certified educator.