From Anecdote to Antidote:
SECTION 2: “PLACES”
As much as I’ve
learned from my patients and about
myself through my time in medicine, I’ve also learned
from the places medicine has taken me. I’m not just
talking about my schooling in Rome or my work in Israel or
my service in the navy and marines, although all of these
experiences had profound, wonderful effects on my life.
I’m also talking about
the journeys of the spirit I’ve been able to take the
journeys of the heart and mind, or learning and experience.
My journeys have enabled me not only to learn new languages,
new social customs, but which fork to use for which course.
In addition, they have taught me how to be humble, how to
be empathetic, how to see things through the eyes of others,
as much as such a thing is really possible.
More importantly, my journeys
have taught me why all of these lessons were worth learning.
Moreover, in this section, I’d like to share some of
them with you. There are certain defining characteristics
in life that seem to simultaneously link us and divide us
– our adherence to different cultures and faiths, the
different thing we value at different times. If approached
correctly, the journey through life shows us that these things
transcend the very boundaries we impose on them, doing more
to link us that keep us apart.
Life has been compared to
everything from a marathon to a dream to a box of chocolates.
I prefer to think of life as being like a train, each milestone
and watershed experience like a station on the trip. This
train keeps going, rain or shine, and never stops until the
ultimate stop. During the journey, passengers board and disembark
at the many different stations along the way. The more people
we meet, and the more stations we pass through, the more knowledge
Check out all three categories: “People”