When I interact with patients, I find that I often receive intangible gifts, such as little shifts in perspective. I wrote the following haiku after meeting a patient earlier this quarter who stayed in my mind long past our time together that day.
You could have been me
I could have been you, so close
in age, the same dreams
I sometimes realize that I spend much of my days viewing my life through a metaphorical microscope. Focus is essential, but I think that too much of it can strain the eyes of my heart , and that’s exactly when I need to step back and gaze into the distance.
May we be daily granted the gift of viewing life through a wide-angle lens.