Day 25: Hold your tongue

Hospitals are pressure cookers. Working in hospitals involve dealing with pressures at all times: time pressures, clinical demands, urgent matters, sick patients, excessive workload, mounting paperwork, challenging procedures, etc. In the midst of high tension and pressure situations, egos get rubbed, tempers flare, and sharp, hurtful words get thrown about. Even on days with less pressures, sometimes our communication often involve cynical and sarcastic remarks about colleagues, patients, other specialties and allied health staff. Let me challenge you this Friday to hold your tongue. Hold back on any sarcastic comments or negative words you are about to say. Just hold it and let the comments pass. Don’t even justify anything. Just smile and keep quiet. See how that will change your mood. Hold no grudges. Live lightly and live well.