Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Just a pleasant quickie

Well, back in Kayenta again for a 2 week stint. Have spent day 1 and day 2 of the week mostly in new employee orientation, a mostly soporific and tedious ordeal, created with good intention, but clearly executed primarily to fulfill the requirements of the Policies and Procedures manual and the Joint Commission. Could the time be better spent? Well, off the top of my head, I can only think of about a gazillion things that would be more useful....

Not all time was spent listening to the presentations by every conceivable department, and then some - I was called out many times to address different whack-a-mole manifestations of a physician staffing problem that came up in the ED, but I'm still sorting that out. I'm confident that it will still be popping up tomorrow - yes, there is another half day of orientation also...

So, I did the only reasonable thing - returned to my modular home, grabbed the camera, and headed out for a quick sundownish scamper. Since both past and future posts are, and will be, often filled with stress and challenges, I decided to just send a few images from a warm, late afternoon near the Toes.

The way I see it, this is orientation. One of the few really helpful presentations today was about Navajo culture. Included was an overview of the direction, location, and spiritual importance of the sacred mountains that define the nation. Can't quite see them from here, but still very nice to climb up and try.

Also remarkable to go only a short distance from the Health Center, with all of its challenges and evidence of the ways in which the lives of people have gone wrong, to find immediately why they believe in the spiritual power of the land and why they draw strength from it.

Be well.

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