This piece, custom created for me by Robin, hangs on the wall in my office at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where I teach. As I look at this beautiful work, I think of the complexities of humans and their lives and remember that every person with whom I come into contact - whether a colleague, a student, a person seeking healthcare services, or someone in my personal life - has things going on in their life that are challenging ... and that it's always best to err on the side of kindness.
There are times on our lives that we meet people with whom we just click. Sometimes we can't even put a finger on why exactly that is; we just know there's a connection, right from the start. Though I've known this for a long time and have been lucky enough to have that happen a number of times over the years, one thing I've discovered in more recent years is that the connectedness, the "that person really gets me" feeling that was there from the start, isn't necessarily dampened by time or geographical distance. Thank you, Robin, for showing me that through the beautiful and heartfelt artwork you created for me. And for the friendship that has withstood the test of time!
July 13, 2018