I hope you are all doing well.
It is that time of year again and my opportunity to share
a few words about the year that was and for the year
yet to come. As I sit here formulating my thoughts,
I find myself in a unique situation... I am actually at a
loss for words. For those of you that know me, you may understand just how unique (and possibly welcomed
by some) this truly is. However, it is not because I don't have an abundance of thoughts or opinions to share, but because there are so many very diverse and significant events going on in the world. I really don't know where
or how best to start.
In addition to all the personal trials and tribulations life can bring on an individual level, we also have global terrorism expanding to unheard of acts of violence, civil unrest and refugees fleeing their homelands in search of safe havens. I am at a loss because I want to pay the proper respect to the significance of these tragedies and plights, while also celebrating individual accomplishments and triumphs. This year, more than ever, I have a greater understanding and appreciation for the Holiday Message of "Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Man."
Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Man sounds great, but how do we do our part to help accomplish this? We can't all be World Leaders or Delegates for the United Nations... but I suppose we can all be Diplomats. We have a wonderful network of therapists and supporters in over 100 countries...let's all open our hearts and share the love, optimism and positive energies I have been so privileged and honored to have experienced from all of you over the years. And remember, the longest journeys often start with baby steps...so let's stay true to my father's mantra and be"Intent on Making the World a Touch Better."
In closing, I would like to thank you for all that you do. As healthcare practitioners, you have chosen a career of giving and caring for others. For your strength, perseverance and dedication, you have my immense gratitude. Your contribution, singularly and as a community, is immeasurable.
So I hope you will join me this Holiday Season, in addition to wishing for "Peace On Earth and Goodwill to Man," remembering...
the Joy in "Joy to the World,"
the Merry in "Merry Christmas,"
the Happy in "Happy Hanukkah,"
the Love in "I Love You,"
the Laughing in "Laughing All the Way,"
as well as all the other uplifting and positive sentiments in other Religions' Holiday Greetings and Songs.
Much love and grateful appreciation,