Seeds

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‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Seeds
Seeds are truly amazing in that they have the ability to grow into an adult of the same species. All of the necessary information is programmed within its structure, but they need to be watered and nourished. Likewise, in a more abstract sense, we humans are sowing “seeds” all the time as we interact with others, so we must be sure that they are the kinds of seeds we want to develop into adults of that “species”. And the fruits of our labors require attention and care to produce maximum results.

Wisdom

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‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭4:29‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Inspired by my maternal grandmother Sarah (my daughter, the creator of the art on this BLOG, is her namesake), when asked as a small child what I wanted to be, I would say a Thinker! At that point in my life, I knew nothing of The Thinker (French: Le Penseur), the bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodin. (One of my favorite art pieces and featured in one of my favorite movies, Midnight in Paris) My grandmother would tell me about the wisdom of Solomon and I longed to be a wise man. Sometimes I don’t make the best decisions, but I have learned that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” Proverbs‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬.

Solitude

“”Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!””
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬
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Solitude
Solitude can offer a peaceful mental break to a stressful day. Our society demands so much of us and some days become virtually intolerable. But finding a quiet space alone allows us to refocus on what is important and calms our souls. Amazingly, short rests can change our attitudes and our entire day.

April Fools

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The exact origin of April Fools Day is not known, but it is celebrated every year on April 1st by playing practical jokes and hoaxes on others. As a child, I remember spending hours planning the perfect “April Fool” just to see the reaction on the faces of my “victims”. Nowadays there are so many unbelievable things happening daily that nothing surprises anyone. (So I will try harder😉)

Abuse of Physicians

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For years I have been preaching that we physicians do not have basic human rights. Finally there is an article by Dr. Wible, “Not ‘Burnout,’ Not Moral Injury—Human Rights Violations,” which validates some of my beliefs. Our society through the legal system has rapidly increased the burdens on physicians; which, in other people, would be considered basic human rights violations. Our media has switched in my lifetime from reporting mostly positive views of physicians to mostly negative ones. As a result, the real healthcare crisis, in my opinion, centers around the diminution of physician oversight. Most physicians who speak to the public are extremely biased as they are either hired by the government, hospitals, or insurance companies. All of this abuse is possible I believe because our legal system has set the stage with laws that restrict us from our basic human rights.