Month: October 2020

The Value of Integrity and Honesty

“Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.” —Stephen Covey

In surveys, veterinarians consistently rank as one of the most trusted professionals in society. I think we’ve earned this distinction with our compassion, dedication and forthrightness. I also know that if we forfeit those traits, we will slip in society’s regard.

In today’s world of negative news, social media myths, bigoted discord, and malignant misinformation, it’s easy to see how someone could lose their sense of direction. After all, if our leaders are dishonest and our system faulty, then why should we conduct ourselves with integrity and show respect for others, our professional colleagues, or even ourselves? A convenient excuse could be the pandemic that has disrupted our lives and separated us from each other. What is immutable in the face of this world we find ourselves in is our own integrity and values. The principles we live by and hold within our hearts are the compass that guides us in troubled times. Values are not transient, but embedded in us.

Making Transitions With Gratitude

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” -Lionel Hampton

Leaving a job you love is not easy. I recently made the decision with my family to step down as dean at the end of my second term, June 30th, 2021.  It was a difficult decision that was not based on this past year of a pandemic and other events in this turbulent world. My decision was based on my determination to give my best to my job and then hand the leadership of this beloved institution to someone new who will continue its positive trajectory.

I entered the position in 2011 with the intent to finish in my 65th year on this planet, which coincides with the end of my second term. My family history does not foretell longevity, unfortunately. My older sister entered a memory-care unit with dementia during this past year, and my father and grandfather both passed away in their mid-60s. I am not naïve enough to believe my body will not be reminding me soon of life’s frailty.

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