I have always looked to hire people for my practice that are excellent communicators and very intelligent. I know I am a good educator, and I involve my staff in our patient’s care by teaching them about the conditions we are working to help our patients overcome or manage with greater effect.
Jazz is an amazing medium that invites creativity, innovation, play, and striving for new ways to express oneself. Participation is a role that everyone gets to play; performers and listeners alike.
What could possibly be a better motivation to study and work to improve your abilities as a physician than the opportunity to improve the trajectory of a young child’s life? The benefit to the family’s health and wellbeing is a ripple from that as well.
Beth and I watched this film over the weekend. It is phenomenal, an inspiring and deeply moving film. It deals with the things that are at the center of both Beth and my vocational calling—to help children, their parents, families, and community thrive and have the opportunity for a full and meaningful life. Families from all over the world are featured. You will see astonishing contrasts in the conditions for children and their parents in different parts of the world. You will learn how incredibly important it is for us to invest our time and love and ability to care for them so they can thrive and it will make your heart soar. You will see how the lack of societal infrastructure to give parents the time to invest in their children is so damaging to all of us and it will make your heart ache.
It does take a whole village to raise one child. This is the best film I’ve ever seen to show us what that really means.
You may recognize the title of this entry as the name of the book written by Carl Gustav Jung in 1957. In fact, I pulled that book off my shelf about six weeks ago and re-read the first chapter, entitled “The Plight of the Individual in Modern Society.” It gave me such pause that I put it away until yesterday when I read it again and the second chapter with it. Why? Because he might have been writing about his concerns about the ability of democracy to function in the year 2016 as we approach the coming presidential election in the United States. He wrote it as the Cold War was escalating. See what you think. Here are some excerpts from the chapter that I found especially prophetic.
“Man has to be unselfish if he wants peace in the world. Remove selfishness and egoism. Calm the passions. Purify the heart. Analyze your thoughts. Scrutinize your motives. Cleanse the dross of impurity. Realize God. All this you will obtain as a direct reaction to self-knowledge. That much is certain.”