Guest Blogger: Jeanette Whitehead

During the days following, the Camp Fire in Butte County, I realized that there is an inner strength that lives in most of us, if not all of us.

Hearing in person, the various heart touching stories of the survivors of the horrendous Camp Fire; it made me think, where does our strength come from? In the past weeks, I have met several guests here at the Casino that had been severely affected by the fire. Losing loved ones, the peace and comfort of their homes, pets, businesses, and places of employment. In one moment theirs for the here and now, in the next moment only a memory. I couldn’t help but to ask myself:  “HOW ARE THEY GETTING THROUGH THIS TIME.”

How could I as a casino team member help our guests in their time of need when they have openly shared some of their life changing experiences with me? Attentive listening, empathy, and compassion are all certainly appropriate responses. I genuinely could feel the trauma they had endured.  How can I help?

I began expressing my verbal recognition and affirmation of the true inner strength each exhibited. Personal ENCOURAGEMENT was the key!  It was shared to me by a Casino Manager years ago:  “When you walk through the Casino, give someone a smile, it might be the only smile they get all day.”

Are you currently nurturing your inner strength?  Are you actively encouraging needed strength in others? Where does my strength come from? “God is our refuge and strength.  An ever present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

Carry On
Words and Lyrics by Stephen Stills

One morning I woke up and I knew that you were really gone
A new day, a new way and new eyes to see the dawn
Go your way and I’ll go mine and carry on
The sky is clearing and the night has cried enough.
The sun, he come the world to soften up
We have no choice but to carry on

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