The Cubs have won game 5 of the World Series. Halloween is tomorrow. In two days I will commit to publishing a post a day for 30 days. Woo hoooooooo, bring it!! It’s been a year since I tried this the first time, and I almost made it—26, I believe, and a few may have been reblogs of others’ work… I felt embarrassed about the ‘failure.’ But then I got through the A to Z Challenge by the skin of my teeth this past April (last post at 11:30pm on April 30th), and that was much more fun. So I’m trying again, yaaay!
I launched this blog 18 months ago to address physician-patient relationship. I aimed to discuss communication, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence, as tools to rekindle that trusting, continuous bond that so many of us miss in medicine today. Since then I have come around to the original theme occasionally, but not nearly as often as I had intended. So I take this annual blogging event as an opportunity to refocus and try something new.
For Na Bo Po Mo 2016, I intend to write 30 letters to patients. Some will echo routine conversations; others may reflect my musings on this vocation. I may examine observations on the state of medicine today. Or other things, who knows? I will at least attempt to convey my deep love for the work and the people. Maybe I can help fellow physicians and patients connect, or perhaps lend some perspective and awareness.
There is a lightness to trial and error. When you try something new, you make a commitment, set an endpoint, and decide how you will measure the outcome. But you don’t have to attach yourself to a particular outcome, just the process. I commit to try my best and have fun, and see what comes out, in fewer than 500 words per post. I wonder where this will lead? Maybe it will turn into a monthly newsletter for my own patients? A book? A column somewhere? Anything is possible! I’ll never know until I try, and I like the openness of the adventure.
I hope you will visit often, and leave your thoughtful comments.
Let the journey begin!