I recently presented this $2,000 check to support Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta’s Pickle Challenge for Charity, which is raising money for their adolescent behavioral health program. In recognition of the importance of this cause, the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee has agreed to match my donation.
If you were to visit the hospital, you would see creatively decorated pickle jars in departments and on patient care units. In staff huddles, you would hear teams recite The Pickle Pledge (shown below).
We are, experts tell us, facing a post-covid mental health crisis that will be especially severe among young people.
In ages past, alchemists sought to transform lead and other base metals into gold. What greater alchemy could there be than turning complaining into gratitude and initiative – and into contributions for a cause to help young people cope with the very real challenges of mental and behavioral health problems.
To be sure, these are challenging times. The problems many people face are very real. The Pickle Pledge is not intended to ignore or minimize those real problems. but complaining has never solved a problem – indeed, it can often prevent the creative thinking and spirit of initiative that is essential to solve problems.
The Pickle Pledge is a tool for personal empowerment – a commitment to not become a victim of problems but rather to be inspired by your blessings and determined to find solutions.
The Pickle Challenge for Charity takes this to the organization level, and gives people a lighthearted and soft-touch way to remind coworkers to, in the words of the classic old song, accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and deal with problems rather than just complaining about them. And to raise money for an important cause by turning complaints into contributions.
To date, participating organizations have raised nearly $100,000 for charities by participating in The Pickle Challenge for Charity. Imagine how much fun it would be, and how much more positive your workplace would be, if your organization joined them!
PS: I will be a keynote presenter at the annual conference of the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) next February. We are creating a special Pickle Challenge for that conference that will be a fun way to raise money for a cause that will touch the hearts of every caregiver. More to come!
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