The Big Picture

The Big Picture


Something hit me while I was in the kitchen this morning.  I saw the sun coming up through the trees.  I’ve seen this similar occurrence over these past 24 years living in our home.  But, this time it was different.  A little voice inside my head said, “The sun will continue to rise and set”.

That really put things in perspective for me.

The sun will rise and set with us or without us.  It does not matter.

Without causing anyone to feel disturbed or upset with me for my continued thought process surrounding this reality check, I’m going to share it here.  It’s your choice to read it or not, and to agree or disagree.

We are each just a small piece of the puzzle.  But, it hit me today how so many people, individually, thinks they are what the world revolves around.  How they think their problems are more important than other people’s problems, or the most important thing to the extent that nothing and no one else matters.

We also have seen such actions in Paris with this latest, unconscionable slaughter.  We know this is not the first such horrible circumstance, but something that has happened since the beginning of time.  Some person, somewhere, believes their way of life is the right way and tries to impose it on others.  We’ve seen this again and again throughout time with one people conquering, segregating, or persecuting another because they are not the same.  And, as we have seen, it gets sadly extreme.  Look at the holocaust.  Look at religious persecution.  Look at any and all types of discrimination.

I wrote in my book, If I Knew Then What I Know Now that history will continue to repeat itself if we let it.  Every day I can find situations – whether large or small – that we make this statement true.

At some point we have to realize we are all connected and that whatever our actions are cause a ripple effect.  We’ve seen this from the smallest gesture of just giving a person a smile – it can change their whole outlook, the course of their day and, perhaps, even save their life.

We are here on this earth for a very short time.  It is truly up to us, individually and collectively, to make the experience a pleasurable one for everyone, or one of despair.  I believe there is a solution for every problem if we can just take a moment to step back and really look at a situation and the options available to us to make a change.

Imagine what would happen if people chose love and happiness.

After all, I believe it is time to enjoy life.  It is Time to Play.



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Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC is a board certified healthcare executive, a certified professional life coach, the founder of the Time to Play Foundation, a 501c3 not for profit corporation inspiring everyone to enjoy life and author of If I Knew Then What I Know Now, Our Quest for Quality of Life.  The concept behind time to Play and the Time to Play Foundation was absolutely created out of LOVE. Please see for more information.

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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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