11/12/2021 0 Comments
Second Right Answers
I always try to use sports analogies to help others understand life lessons. Being a “baseball guy” means that I find ways to use baseball to deliver the lessons. I was blessed to be able to intern with the University of Virginia Head Baseball Coach, Brian O’Connor. It was during this time that I was afforded the opportunity to sit in on team meetings and the delivery of their philosophies to the new players. One of the life changing things I learned was about having an approach to hitting so you aren’t guessing at what the pitch is going to be and then trying to react. This, simply put, means having a plan. I was able to meld this with one of my other main leadership principles…looking for second right answers; 3 + 1 = 4 and so does 2 + 2. This means keeping an open mind when it comes to decision making. There are certain processes where there isn’t a second right answer. When putting together a motor, it has to be done a certain way. However, in other situations we are afforded the opportunity to look for alternate ways to getting something accomplished. Legacy at Imperial Village is absolutely one of those situations.
So many of our residents have similar stories in that they had a home and raised a family and their home became as much a part of their family as their children. They loved their home. They nurtured it. They created lasting memories in their home. Some of our residents were ready to stop having to worry about taking care of their homes and others have struggled to let go of their homes. This is where the two leadership principles meld. Having an approach to aging along with being open minded to a second right answer allows a transition to LIV to become a reality. LIV has been the second right answer for thousands of seniors since the late 1960’s. Our Village is a place where living is exactly that…LIVing. This is a community rich with tradition and character. When opening your mind to a second right answer of where to call home, LIV is here for you. It is important to acknowledge that no one is saying your current home, where you have raised a family, hasn’t been one of the right answers. However, LIV can also be that place where traditions and memories are created. 2 + 2 = 4, but so does 3 + 1. Neither is wrong, but having an approach to looking for second right answers opens you up to the possibility of LIVing your best life.
The poet Erin Hanson wrote, “There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask, “What if I fall?” Oh, but my darling, What if you fly?”
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Community Director, Legacy at Imperial Village
Richmond's Premier Senior Living Community