From Kevin’s Desk: Noticing the Good Things (12/18/2020)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

In support of our positive energizers’ gratitude challenge, I committed to practice noticing the good things that are happening, rather than just focusing on problems. I have to say, what a cool experiment! It made me so much more aware and appreciative of all the little things that add to the richness of life that we tend to take for granted (or, at least I do!) – a note from an old friend, a beautiful sunset, a great song, a delicious meal… While paying more attention to the good things did not take away the challenges, it did lift my spirits and left me feeling more at ease. What was your 1% change? Send me an email; I’d love to hear about it!

I am very grateful to our positive energizers for their work to promote and encourage gratitude, as well as all of their efforts over the last year. Whether it was engaging us in some kind of fun activity, encouraging us to get to know one another better, or sending an uplifting message, our positive energizers have helped make things better. And while their work would be welcome at any time, it has proven to be especially important during this very difficult year.

Throughout the season-day break, our campus will remain open to serve patients, students, faculty and others who need campus access. A number of F&O teams will continue to work on campus to fulfill essential needs – making sure buses are running, buildings are maintained, sidewalks are cleared of snow and ice, and utilities are provided. In addition, several financial teams will also work over the break to ensure payroll is administered and other key processes are managed. Please join me in thanking all of these teams for their dedicated service to the university.  

Lastly, I want to say once again how grateful I am to get to work with such an amazing team of professionals. I am so incredibly proud of the way you all stepped up to support the university community throughout the pandemic. If you haven’t yet seen it, I hope you will take a minute to watch our “Seeing the Helpers” video, reflect on the last eight months and consider the critical role you and your colleagues have played during this very trying time. As Mr. Rogers taught us, you can always look for the helpers in times of crisis because there are always people helping. Thank you so much for your continued commitment to help and to Make Blue Go.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday season. I look forward to the promise of the COVID-19 vaccine arriving on campus and the return to a more normal way of life. Michigan Medicine has asked all U-M community members to please take a quick survey about your preferences on receiving the vaccine.

You will hear from me again in 2021 – Happy New Year!

With much appreciation and gratitude,