Hope does not deny all the difficulty and all the danger that exists, but it is not stopped by them. There is a lot of darkness, but our actions create the light… We can shift our perspective to see the light and also work to create more of it.
-Jane Goodall, The Book of Hope
It is the darkest week of the year—literally. Also, there is a fair amount of metaphorical darkness out there as well, as the pandemic continues to create major and minor challenges in our lives. As a physician, you continue to bring light through your actions, seeing patients who often sit in the darkness of health issues and concerns. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Jane Goodall also reminds us of our power to choose hope in the darkness. It is the thing that most makes us human, this capacity to shift our perspective. We can actively look for signs of hope even in dark times. These signs of hope are there, but it takes some intention on our part. As the psychologist Barbara Fredrickson says, “The negative screams at you but the positive only whispers.”
All the best to you to you in this season, with special thanks to those on call during the holiday.
GME Wellness Committee