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Some holiday thoughts of a different kind

I have to admit, I’m not the most religious person in the world. But despite my theological limitations, I find that the holiday season inspires moments of deep reflection and introspection; and it is in these moments, I am overcome by the tremendous sense of thanks and gratitude as well as an appreciation for what I believe is life’s Master Plan.

Obviously I don’t have life’s answers, if fact, I continue to discover new questions, but this year has been more perplexing than most. After all, who hasn’t struggled with the following questions:

  • Is the economy ever going to turn around?
  • What is going to happen with health care?
  • And of course the most pressing question facing all of us … How many more girlfriends does Tiger Woods allegedly have?

I think I will eventually come to grips with these questions, but personally, I continue to struggle with others:

  • How could my 41-year-old fraternity brother, arguably the most decent person I know, suffer a heart attack on Thanksgiving Day? (Thank God, he is doing well).
  • Why does my childhood best friend have to deal with a devastating medical diagnosis involving his mother?
  • My grandmother turned 104 this year and that is cause for celebration.  But in doing so, she has outlived all of her friends and 6 younger brothers and sisters.  What could possibly keep her going?

These questions frustrate me because as one who is looked upon to “fix” things, these questions surpass my “fix things” skill set.  I am therefore, left with hope for intervention from a “Higher Power.”

As such, I …

1.  Pray for God to strengthen my fraternity brother’s heart.
2.  Pray that God heals my best friends heart.
3.  Pray that whatever God has instilled in my grandmother, my heart is filled with the same.

This holiday season, probably more than any other, I truly appreciate my blessings; my family, my friends, my staff, my patients, my health and my life.  This year, I hope you will take the opportunity to slow down and do this same.

In keeping with my slogan, Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying, borrowed from the epic “Shawshank Redemption,” I hope you make next year the best year it can possibly be!

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

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