In looking at my blog I see that my last post was from Botswana in May. I have abandoned the idea of trying to catch up. A few of the highlights:
Moving to Cambridge
Starting my Global Health Delivery Fellowship
Completing the Global Health Delivery Summer Intensive
Going to Haiti for the 1st time with Partners in Health
Joining the leadership team of the Harvard Global Oncology Initiative
Tutoring a section of the Harvard Medical School Introduction to Social Medicine course for the 1st year med students
Volunteering at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting
Attend the LIVESTRONG Young Leaders Cancer Council meeting and Challenge weekend in Austin with a Marfa visit
In the midst of all of this I have been able to fit in some fun trips and visits with friends!
And that is what I have been up to. It is hard to believe that my first 6 months in Boston is coming to a close. T-8 weeks to Rwanda!
“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”
Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The TED talk (every great idea has a TED talk these days, right?)
Watch it, it is guaranteed to warm your soul!
A few of my favorite Thich Nhat Hanh quotes to start out the new year:
Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.
It is possible to live happily in the here and now. So many conditions of happiness are available—more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don’t have to run into the future in order to get more.
Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.
Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice… No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.
12 Truths of 2012 (in no particular order):
Downton Abbey & Man Shops Globe have renewed my belief in good television
In moments of stress I often retreat to memories of summer bliss at Tanglewood & Hole in the Wall
Sibella Court & Terrain epitomize my sense of style & pretty
So grateful to have three grandparents in their 90’s to continue to love and learn from
I am beyond excited for my next step
The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series has me pumped for my April rotation in Botswana
Adding a daily meditation practice to my life has been one of the best things I’ve ever done
Brene Brown & Danielle LaPorte continue to help me further examine my soul & listen to its truth
My dad has proven he is a fighter. Cancer is only apart of his story & he will continue to Livestrong!
Refinery 29 & Pintrest keep me hip & continuing to discover the style & pretty I crave
WHY, my weekly medicine
My family & friends remain the glue that keeps me together
“The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them…whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will”
Michel de Montaigne
“Long day at the office today. Not one dry eye. Not one family unaffected. All I can say to the residents at this time is to remember why you chose pediatrics. Love and care for your patients like they are you own family. Listen to their needs. Admit when you don’t have the answer. Learn from them. Listen to your gut. Listen to The kids. Kids believe. Kids just know. Let today be the day we renew our childlike faith in the power of goodness. As Gov Malloy said: Let Love ,Compassion and Courage guide your actions…”
Written by a former Connecticut Children’s Chief Resident practicing Pediatrics in Sandy Hook