When in isolation, and the feeling overwhelms, remember the love within you. Look to your heart and the fullness there, the fullness that swells with your sweet attention to it.
You are not alone.
You are the branch which stretches and shades from every tree you have sat under. You are the sea spray that has kissed your face from every stroll on the beach. You are the joy of your beloved pet who always blesses you with pure affection. You are the song that the morning bird sings. You are even the touch of every hand held and every embrace shared.
“If you start living for the smallest reasons, that’s when you know you’re really living.
The smell of rain after a thunderstorm,
the shades of pavements when it’s autumn,
the mediocre midnights and the color of the sunsets,
the warmth of oven when baking Christmas cookies,
the thickness of paper when flipping through magazine pages,
the smell of new books and new clothes and new things.
When you start looking at things,
really really looking,
you’ll start living.
Because then you’ll understand how it is to really be a human…
in this world full of people.”
May we recognize the treasure within the little things.
Wishing you a beautiful day.
In response to the worldwide health crisis that is affecting all of our lives right now, I have a special burden for the most vulnerable populations—the elderly and the chronically ill—many of whom are struggling during this time to maintain their health.
I am leading an effort through Pendants for a Cause to raise money to help support high-risk patients at nonprofit California and Texas hospitals. This means that 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of items purchased through Pendants for a Cause’s shop will be redirected during this time toward preparing essential care packages for patients in need.
While we are no doubt all struggling to get through this time, I ask that you—if you live in the U.S.*—to consider supporting this cause if you have the burden or the means to.
Thank you for making a difference.
Phoebe Chi, MD
*Pendants for a Cause is limited to shipping within the U.S. at this time.
Tendered is this touch that saves and soothes, comforts and mends– strength sustained by the pulse of a heart constrained by its own calling, the candle within softened by flame, its waxen tributary a remembrance to the joys and sorrows, gains and losses …moments treasured in the care for mankind.
A few lines from Healer…in recognition of the efforts of all the nurses, techs, and everyday caregivers out there.
Thank you for being you.
I shall pass through this world but once.
Any good therefore that I can do or
any kindness that I can show
to any human being,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
-Étienne de Grellet
May we be a candle in the night…
especially through the dimmer days.
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