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Deeper dive...paradigm shift

A swimmer surfaces after plunginginto the Tsunami Swirl pool at Kenwood Cove, Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Salina, Kan. The bright spot in the water was created by sun light shining through the funnel-like slide. (AP Photo/Salina Journal, Tom Dorsey)
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A swimmer surfaces after plunginginto the Tsunami Swirl pool at Kenwood Cove, Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Salina, Kan. The bright spot in the water was created by sun light shining through the funnel-like slide. (AP Photo/Salina Journal, Tom Dorsey) (AP photo)

In the decades that I have worked in healthcare, there has been a hit parade of buzz words and phrases: “paradigm shift,” “at-the-end-of-the-day,” “thrown under the bus,”“low-hanging fruit” and…”are we complete?” That last one was from a consultant who brought his own hanger to meetings for his suit jacket. We did not remain “complete” with him for very long.

The buzz phrase today is “deeper dive:” when examining issues or making plans with complex dimensions, we must take a “deeper dive” before moving forward.

This morning I was swimming laps and I do not take deep dives into the pool, just rhythmical strokes back and forth until I have covered a mile. During my last few laps I did stroke down to the bottom of the pool, stretching my arms, slowing the pace and thinking about the day ahead. Then a shimmering spot caught my attention, I slowed way down, circled back and picked it up: a diamond earring.

I paused and wondered about who may have lost it, on what occasion it came to its owner. .. And I know it wasn’t the “deeper dive” that took me to the shiny prize, but the slower pace, the pay-attention-to-the-moment choice.  Buzz words I’ll keep.

(Yes, I gave the earring to the pool’s manager.)

(About the photo: A swimmer surfaces after plunginginto the Tsunami Swirl pool at Kenwood Cove in Salina, Kan. AP Photo/Salina Journal, Tom Dorsey)
 




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