This week I read an article on the blog Voices in Bioethics titled: Transitioning From Who You Were to Who You Must Become: A Necessary Mental Switch, by Priya Misra. While I find the article extremely interesting, I’m not writing about medicine or the importance of good doctors in the world, which, even though I am a firm believer in pure essential oils and their benefits, I’m also in awe and grateful for the wonderful men and women who set out to save lives each day in the medical world. I believe we need both!
But, like I said, this post isn’t about medicine or essential oils. This post is about Becoming Who You Must Become and what that can mean for you and others.
Priya said that she applied to help interview new med students and the Dean of Admissions asked her, “How will you deal with the fact and pressure that you are holding an individual’s life decision in your hands?”
Now, most of us won’t literally hold the physical life of others in our hands, but most of will influence lives for good or bad.
Think about how many people come in and out of your life on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Are you smiling and happy, are you grouchy and frowning? Do you say hello? Do you engage in a positive way?
Years ago, I saw a beautiful woman in the grocery store with hair the color of a sunset that streamed down her back. She was five-eleven-ish and had alabaster skin. I couldn’t help but smile at her. She tentatively smiled back, though it didn’t reach her eyes. I mustered up the courage to speak to her, telling her she was beautiful and that I wanted her to know she was loved. Immediately, tears welled up in her eyes and she gave me a hard hug and said thank you so much. Right there in the middle of the grocery store.
I will never forget that moment. She told me that she needed to hear that so badly. I’ve never seen her since, but that day, I affected someone’s life for good.
That has been a goal of mine for a long time. Needless to say, I don’t always achieve this goal. I’ve yelled at my husband and kids, and a few other people too, I’m sure. I’ve been rude and irritating. This is true of most of us because we are human.
But I want to be better than that. I want to make the world a better place one person at a time. I want to cause a smile on the face of others. One which reaches the eyes.
We many not hold life in our hands, but we may hold a smile.