Posted by Daniel Tipton on Jun 1, 2020 1:14:54 PM

April 7, 2020

I have always thought Tuesdays were hardest day of the week.  There are still too many days between Tuesday and the weekend.  As I sit here at my makeshift work station aka my dining room table I take note of how my physical body is awakening to this soon to be rainy Tuesday.  I notice that my legs are a little achy.  My eyes are tired from all the screen time I’m getting. My desk chair doesn’t quite fit the height of my dining room table so my elbows are in a funny position as I type.  My back pillow isn’t doing its job. It’s chilly in here.  And apparently I cannot be pleased today. 

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Topics: Covid-19, Grief Services, blog


Posted by Daniel Tipton on May 29, 2020 2:29:31 PM

April 6, 2020

new day

It’s a bright and beautiful Monday and we’ve got 5 wonderful opportunities ahead of us to create successful outcomes, to become innovators of service delivery, and to outshine all others as we give all we have to the well-being of others.

I know….I rolled my eyes too…I’m pretty sure the most innovative thing I will accomplish today is getting dressed.  I’m feeling a dull hangover from a full weekend of TV, social media, and marathon naps.  Being creative isn’t top of my list today.  Even as I type this email, knowing that 3 hours of Zoom meetings and at least 6 new admissions are going to fight for my attention this morning, I am not feeling confident in my caregiving today. Maybe all those naps this weekend spoiled my sleep last night and I’m just cranky.  Maybe I’m just in my head and the voices there aren’t being as kind as they should be.  Maybe I’m experiencing the same national and collective trauma we’re all experiencing.  Maybe we weren’t created for this kind of living and our spiritual and emotional well-being are being taxed at higher and higher rates than we are prepared for! 

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Topics: Covid-19, Grief Services, blog


Posted by Daniel Tipton on May 29, 2020 2:23:45 PM

April 3, 2020


TGIF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok….maybe I’m a little premature in my celebration of this week ending as we still have to work through an ever growing IDG list today.  I’m thankful that our Growth team is keeping us busy!  I really am. Our organization has a unique position to become the provider of choice during these not so normal days and I am confident we will rise to the occasion.  But however successful we are and however much we are gleefully growing, I’m still tired y’all! 

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Topics: Covid-19, Grief Services, blog

Just Keep Swimming

Posted by Daniel Tipton on May 29, 2020 2:10:40 PM

April 2, 2020

How many of y’all hit snooze more than once this morning?  I’m not usually one to do that.  Once my alarm goes off I’m up!  For some reason I decided to give myself a few more minutes this morning.  The sense of urgency I usually have for getting to work seems to be wearing off.  My commute is a lot shorter.  The coffee is on auto drip. My gourmet breakfast of cold cereal will still be just as cold in 9 minutes.  

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Topics: Covid-19, Grief Services, blog

Shine On . . .

Posted by Daniel Tipton on May 29, 2020 11:49:34 AM

April 1, 2020

Ok…so today is Wednesday, April 1, 2020…As we enter into the third millennia of this year I’m glad to see spring isn’t delayed.  The flowers are popping up from the cold ground.  Rain showers are gently cleansing the world around us.  Pollen is EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!! And I am thankful. Even though I’m getting a lot of wary, dirty looks every time I sneeze in Ingles, I know it’s a sure sign that life is returning and the Earth is clothing itself with beauty. Every spring I look forward to seeing the purple buds on the trees that line I-40.  In Tennessee, it’s a gentle procession of vibrant colors reminding me that life does indeed (in my best Jeff Goldblum voice) “uh, uh, find a way.”

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Topics: Covid-19, Grief Services, blog

It's Snack Time!!!

Posted by Daniel Tipton on May 29, 2020 9:41:11 AM

March 31, 2020


I hope you can sense by my excessive use of exclamation points that I’m trying really hard to be energetic and upbeat so y’all don’t see how fragile and absolutely exhausted I am this morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All I can honestly say this morning is if I hear one more commercial start off with the phrase “in these uncertain times” I might throw an empty wine bottle through the TV and curl up on the couch and cry myself to sleep!  I’m really not feeling it today.  So….what do I need to do?  Turn off the TV? Maybe….but I think what I need most right now is some breakfast.

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Topics: Covid-19, Grief Services, blog

Good Grief

Posted by Daniel Tipton on May 29, 2020 9:17:08 AM

March 30, 2020


After talking with some of you over the last week I’ve come to the conclusion that every one of us are tired, overwhelmed, and deep in our personal grief.  Times like these will test our resolve.  Times like these will drain us of energy and strength.  It’s ok if you feel like giving up.  It’s ok if your grief is so overwhelming that you just want to curl up in bed with your loves and ride out this crisis in the safety and warmth of your home.

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Topics: Covid-19, Grief Services, blog

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