Teeheehee, a Little Late…
One year ago yesterday I launched this blog, Happy Blogoversary to me! 😀
It started as a platform to explore ways to reconnect patients and physicians in the increasingly divisive healthcare system. And while that idea still stands central to the theme of the blog, I soon realized a much larger and more important principle: The best practices apply across all relationships, not just doctor-patient relations. The more I write, read, and explore, the bolder I have grown in my writing.
The very best outcome (so far) of starting this blog has been the LOVE I have received from others around it. From the beginning, fellow bloggers have engaged, welcomed, encouraged, challenged, and nurtured me. My friends and family have also held me up—following me via email, commenting on Facebook and the blog itself. A vast community of support has stood up around me as I took this risk to share my mind publicly. If they looked down on blogging, they kept it to themselves and encouraged me anyway. If they thought I wouldn’t stick with it, I imagine they secretly wished me persistence, and then grace if I failed. Because of all of these people, I have confidence to continue striving to bring forth the best in me, to share with everybody, in the hopes of creating something meaningful.
What if everybody had this chance? What if every time someone wanted to do something bold and new, we met them with this much LOVE, cheer, praise, and affirmation? Doing so does not mean blindly endorsing frivolous endeavors and wasted energy. We can always offer LOVE along with tactful words of truth and pragmatism. Even when, or especially when, projects fail terrifically, everybody can learn and grow. LOVE from others at the outset makes us more resilient to failure. LOVE from others at the moment of failure, as opposed to ridicule, shame, and sarcasm, makes us humble, grateful, and more brave, as opposed to defensive, angry, and humiliated.
Adequate words do not exist to express my deepest and most sincere gratitude to all who have LOVED me throughout my life, including those who have LOVED me through my blogging adventure so far. May I pay it forward, and find ways to LOVE others whenever I have the chance. If I can do that, then I will truly contribute to making the world a better place.