Love. Create. Learn. (Karen Garvey)

I’ve been reading a book entitled The Answers by Karen Garvey for a few weeks now, fitting it in when I get a chance.  I have 2-3 chapters left, and then plan to go back to the pages I earmarked.  It’s very interesting and very thought provoking.  The main question that keeps coming to me is Why Are We Here?

What is your mission?  What are your goals?  What are your objectives?  Do you live with good intent?  Do you strive to be your best every day?  What do you plan to leave behind as your legacy?

I talk to people all the time.  Some people are go-getters with goals and visions and a clear mission where they are going in their life.  Some people are waiting for help, for people to take care of them, for the government to create a job, for someone to fix something.  Have people become complacent and unresourceful?

Empowerment.  That’s the goal of my “midlife crisis project”,, — to provide resources for people to have a better life and for people to help people — people with resources or knowledge to plant a seed in others that have the potential to empower them to action.

During all my years working in healthcare, in quality improvement and in my own business, I realize that if you are not healthy, if you are not happy, if you do not have a good business, if you don’t have money, or if you are always working, you may not have a good quality of life.  After a lot of soul searching I realize it’s up to each individual to make positive changes.  Whether is health related or job related.  It’s up to you to make it happen.

What is my vision for  To have professionals provide information in any and every aspect that might help a person have quality of life.  To empower people.  To encourage people to make changes to take their life back.  For people to help people and for us to make things happen.

I’m looking for others to join me in my quest.  Do you have resources that can bring information to people?  Do you belong to a club or organization that others can join to build camaraderie and friendships, do you know of places where people can go to enjoy themselves, to learn, to smile.  Please check out the website and contribute — if all of us chip in something we can make amazing things happen.

So, why the pensiveness today?  Yesterday I spoke with a gentleman.  He is president of a business organization.  His dream.  I called him to get him on board for TimetoPlay.  He told me how his organization was failing.  He said it was because of the economy.  He said he no longer had staff in his office, he had to lay them off.  He was frustrated and wasn’t interested in helping others.  That business people today now have to concentrate on themselves to survive.  I was totally taken aback — until I thought about it today.  In business, or in any organization, you have to fill a need, whether it is a product or a service.  If you are failing there is a reason.  Blaming the economy isn’t it.  This gentleman may have lost site in what he is trying to achieve or the reason he started his organization in the first place.  So, I reflected on words that Karen recorded in The Answers — everyone is doing their best in a specific moment in time.  And, I realized, so is this gentleman.  When I hung up I had discarded his business card.  Why would I want to speak with someone who didn’t care about others?  This morning I retracted it from the trash and will email him and call him again.  I will reach out to him to see if he wants my help.  He has a dream for his organization and I don’t want to see him fail.  Maybe he won’t want me to help, maybe he won’t respond.  But, maybe, my effort will help him in some way.

I think this is how it is with all of us in some way.  Questioning why we are doing something, maybe sometimes losing site or focus.

I’m moving forward with — I hope others join me.  It’s time to take back our lives and make things happen.


Authored by: Doreen Guma

Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC 

Doreen holds a Bachelor of Science in Management, a Masters in Business and Policy Studies, is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (a board certified healthcare executive), a Certified Professional Coach and a Certified Life Coach.

Doreen is the founder of Time to Play, a place to find resources for a better life.  She came up with the Time to Play Philosophy that you have to be happy, healthy, have money and a work / life balance to have quality of life, and believes everyone has the right and the ability to enjoy life.

Doreen has worked in healthcare since 1987, 14 years in a hospital and since 2001 in skilled nursing facilities.  She has held positions in administration, as the Director of Quality Improvement, Risk Manager and Director of Medical Records.

In 2005 she and her husband opened D. James Marketing, a healthcare specific consulting firm which assists healthcare organizations with new program generation, quality improvement, staff and client satisfaction, event coordination, coordinating educational symposiums and more to help spread the message about the healthcare servics they provide. The primary goal of D. James Marketing is to educate the community about resources that are available so people may know where to seek help in the event of a health need or a health crisis with a focus on proactive prevention. 

Contact: 631-331-2675 


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