For over a year now I have been writing letters to strangers anonymously and leaving them around London for someone to find in the hope that I will bring some warmth, comfort or encouragement to that person. Why, you may ask?
As the trauma in Israel/Palestine rages on, I try to keep my focus on growing peace between people, far from politics, wherever I see the light. Meet my friend Tali. Her life story is more stunning than most, but it is what she does with her experience, that makes her a poster child for love.
Kindness should be viewed as an indispensable part of the healing process. After all, it's been in the Hippocratic Oath for over a century: "I will remember that... warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug."
This morning brought a splendid gift: I can walk without pain for the first time in two months. I feel like joyfully dancing in the street, but I'm so uncoordinated that I'd trip on a pebble and break a bone.
So the question is: Does technology really help us connect? Is it worth the irresistible urge? In some cases no; in other cases, the research says yes. So what determines whether technology makes our day or gets us down? It depends on your tech-usage style.
Sometimes the lies are to our patients. Sometimes, the lies are to our families. And sometimes the lies are to ourselves. But, nonetheless, we lie. A lot. Often daily. Want an inside scoop on the lies to look out for from your doctor?
Look around you. Observe the world you are living in. Can you feel the beating of a thousand desperate hearts? Can you see the fear for tomorrow in the looks of people? Can you hear the cries of a thousand mothers who are losing their children each day?
The more we embrace who we are, the more comfortable we become with ourselves, the more we can refocus those bosses who want us to be like them. The quiet confidence that my client developed from embracing her sensitivity was a powerful tool.
Where can you let yourself be just a little bit more? Where are you holding on so tightly in your life that compassion can barely squeeze through? And what's possible if you let go, just a little bit, that's not possible at the moment?
All of us face challenges in relationships. No matter how beautiful the relationship, disagreement is an unavoidable part of loving another human. As a therapist I see clients every day who have lost family members and lovers to conflict.
The idea of running into a burning building or being faced with armed criminals is a risk we can readily understand, but being a health care worker is less tenable to us in the risks that they too face every day. For it is not often that they can see what they need to avoid.
When Thomas Eric Duncan, a visitor from Liberia, became ill in Dallas on September 24, he went, as many people do, to the local hospital emergency room. However, serious questions must be raised about what happened when he did.
By choosing to not care, to not have an opinion, to not take a stance, you are part of the problem. Ignoring something doesn't make it go away. And you cannot rely on others to fight for the world you want to live in. It's on you. And me. And all of us to build the world we want to live in.