LOOK AT THINGS ANOTHER WAY- BE A WONDERWORM. “Lessons from “James and the Giant Peach”


OK… so it’s a couple of weeks since the Blog got off the ground. And in that time it has had 2000 views. And staff have mentioned it as we have passed in the corridors and on the wards.

But the thing that amazes me most is how much people welcome it. “Great idea” they say. “Well done!”
It just goes to show how things can be if we look at them another way.

The one way is all doom and gloom. Everything is bad and failing. There is no escape from the inexorable collapse of the NHS.

Remember James and the Giant Peach. The poor earthworm who was nearly eaten on a fishing hook, and who then tempted the birds to eat him so that they could fly the peach. The way he saw the world was through the spectacles of doom and gloom.

So James gave him some advice and changed the way he viewed life.

James: Whenever I had a problem, my parents told me to look at it another way.
Earthworm: *How*? First, I was bird bait, and then I was *shark* bait.
James: That’s true, but you could say that you gave us wings to fly, and that you defeated a giant shark single-handedly.
Earthworm: No-handedly.
James: You’re a hero.
Earthworm: I am. I’m Wonderworm!

And when you look at it that way… well it’s amazing how you can see the opportunities. The more you look, the more you see.

So this week I think already of:

My friend Judi Barratt, who when faced with a phone call from me to sort something out, didn’t give a big sigh as if it was too much trouble. Got onto it, and sorted it out, because it made a difference to some parents in tragic circumstances.
Or the staff on Avon 1, who (at a funeral I took yesterday) had praise heaped on them by the family of a patient for the way they treated him in his last weeks of life.
Or Jackie and Claire in the Bereavement Office, who treat so many who come into this place, with compassion and care.
Or Alison Davies, Matron, so concerned about one gentleman at the end of his days – the sort of person I want around when I am in trouble
Or Anita Cupper, Matron, who stopped me in the corridor and who is clearly passionate about the service which is delivered to patients.
Or Anita Fulton, at ServicePoint, who goes the extra mile for me.
Or Car Park Jon, with a heart of gold.
Or Mo, the Wayfinder volunteer, for whom nothing is too much trouble and will go out of her way to help those finding their way around this place maybe for the first time.

I hesitate to say that these are all Wonderworms, but you know what I mean.

Small things can make all the difference. It’s just about looking at things a different way.

And the more I look, the more I see the amazing things we do.

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