October 23, 2013
I was asked today what the most interesting aspect of my job as a doctor is.
I answered: the story.
It is the privilege of hearing the stories of others, and sometimes playing a small part in their stories, that I find most compelling.
And most heartbreaking.
Because not all stories are easy, and not all stories end well.
And, largely, I am entering the story long after it began. I have no control over what came before.
Even worse, I have little control (far less than I might like) over what will come next. All I can do is show up, and offer my best.
Which sometimes is good enough, and sometimes not.
Because, of course, I can only play the part I have been offered. I am not a god. I am not omnipotent, nor omniscient.
That is, in the end, life.
We expose ourselves to heartbreak, or we don’t
We show up, or chose to hide.
We know sadness, and joy, and frustration, and love for our fellow beings.
We decide every day, as doctors and as humans, whether we will commit to being part of the story.
We hope you enjoy our conversations with Michael Paterniti, author of The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese, and Sheila Nee of Lives in the Balance. Thank you for being part of our story.
Join us on Sunday, October 27 for our episode "Tales of Tragedy & Triumph," featuring guests Michael Paterniti and Sheila Nee.
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