Everyday, a New Year

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The team at EMS1, which I am honored to be a part, put together a great package of Year in Review articles and videos

My primary writing contribution was the retrospective and look ahead, What 2014 EMS development changes mean for EMS in 2015. I managed to touch on many of the big EMS stories of 2014: narcan, backboards, Ebola, on-the-job violence and stress, new roles for EMS, and dissolving roles for EMS.

I may have “buried the lede” as they say in journalism because I finished with my two best paragraphs.

EMS; every day is the start of new year

You have likely heard the saying, “real courage is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.” Every minute of the day an EMT or paramedic is doing the right thing – squeezing the hand of a lonely widow, offering words of comfort to a dying man, singing softly to a sick kid, or easing the tension in volatile incident with a joke, smile, or knowing glance.

Take a pause from your hectic schedule, non-stop media and 24-hour negative news, and attending to the suffering off others. In that moment, remember your courageous acts that went unwitnessed by your peers, patients, and supervisors. Take an additional moment to forgive yourself for missed opportunities to be courageous. In a third and final moment, look ahead. Every tomorrow is the start of a new year and a new opportunity to be caring and courageous.

Make today the start of your best year yet!