A message rekindled for the caregivers of today…
A medical student. A simple question.
“How am I supposed to go on caring?”
At the time, suggestions abound.
Work-life balance. Self-care. Hobbies.
Remembering our initial calling.
Remembering we still make a difference.
Remembering our love for medicine
and the privilege we have as caregivers.
But then the realization-
I don’t know the answer.
I only know that I have witnessed around me-
at every stage of training and practice-
evidence of emotional exhaustion.
So this is my plea…
Continue reading “A Physician’s Plea.”
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.
By Barbara Leonhard, Featured Contributor
Robert Frost once wrote:
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Online, one can find many poets who sing about their grief. In this lyrical piece, Frost tells us that we face changes all the time. Eden, our paradise, has been lost. Life is temporary, terminal, and short lived. The sun both rises and falls; the seasons change, and we grieve.
Continue reading “Fire & Ice: The Faces of Grief”
“Waking up this morning,
Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
to live fully
in each moment
and to look at all beings
with eyes of compassion.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
May we treasure each new day, and may your day be beautiful. 💜
“Too often we underestimate
the power of
a kind word,
a listening ear,
an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential
to turn a life around.”
May we each let our compassion be a candle in the night. 💙