I just saw this on Facebook:
‘A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now even though they said they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bullies another child, they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home. Pass it on or better yet, if you’re a parent or a teacher, do it with your child/children.’
But it’s not only children, parents and teachers who could benefit from this message. Because when I read it I could immediately relate to the scars I still bear – from lack of compassion in healthcare.
Although I don’t get playback any more, don’t relive the unnecessary pain and trauma, the healing has only papered over the cracks. That’s why I had to write ‘Nothing Personal’ – why I’ve spent the past 22 years working alongside dedicated health professionals to improve health services – why I care about what they lose, as well as patients, when there is no Care.
If this message resonates with you and your experience as patient or health professional do take a look at Hearts in Healthcare.You can view the film on YouTube:
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