Please back away from your emails and grab a plate – it’s that time of year again! We celebrate our awesome Inova family with picnics and other events all across the system. Believe me, I know how hard it is to step away from the multitude of tasks that need to be tackled. How can I enjoy a meal when I have 230 emails in my in-box and so many people need my help? Well, part of the help we need is for you to take a break and hang out with a few of your friends.
Once again I had the opportunity to visit with some friends at the System Office picnic, watch the henna tattoo artist create intricate designs, laugh as folks had their caricatures drawn and enjoy some fun and fellowship. Something magical happens when we step outside of our routine and spend a few moments sharing a laugh and a story or two. It’s good for our immune system, it’s good for our office relationships and it’s good for me to see such joyous camaraderie.
For those of you who had the time to attend and understand the importance of taking a break, thank-you for coming. For those of you who help plan, organize and work at these events, a double thank-you. For you workaholics who painfully tore yourselves away from your work and came (you know who I am talking to!), thank-you. And for those of you who couldn’t attend, I understand some things can’t be missed, but know that I missed you and your colleagues missed you. Please make it up to yourself and choose a beautiful spring day, grab a bite to eat and a best friend or two and have your own picnic outside. Take a deep breath and enjoy a well deserved break.
When’s the last time you enjoyed a picnic outside of work? Any recommendations for picnic sites to check out?