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If you chose to be a physician, you should have a love for patients and their health and well-being, irrespective of what it costs you. If you chose a profession in education, you should love to teach. You would do everything you can to protect those you educate and offer a quality and valuable education you believe in.  If you marry, you should be willing to give your life for your spouse, and always give them the benefit of the doubt. Every parent should be willing to risk his/her own life to save their child(ren). I am grateful for the people that serve this country, as they are willing to lay down their life for our protection.

Yet, I look around the world today and wonder if society still supports people having that kind of passion and work ethic. The passion for what they do, for relationships, for selfless acts of kindness and love for one another.

At times it seems the focus is on where we are going, who gets the credit, and what it costs, rather than the simple importance or reason why we do what we do. Isn’t it the journey of life that is of greatest value? Is there a winner at the end? Whether you are a spiritual person or not, there will be a time when you will look back on your life, with very clear perspective. Depending on how you chose to live it, the only one it really will matter to is you and the legacy that you leave behind.

I am aware of many people doing great things to give positively to society. My fear is, they are having to fight a harder battle against a stronger force to do so. One that forces academics on children younger than 6-years of age, because play-based education seems mindless to us driven adults. One that pushes physicians to see patients in 15 minute (or less) time slots, yet cover a hundred meaningless questions when most patients really just want to be listened to. Children being shuffled here and there with a variety of stimulus put in front of them, just to keep them quiet and occupied so we can get done what we need to and move on to the next task. Marriages falling apart because “the one” significant person is not meeting our every need, despite both people and life forever changing.

What seems to now be the norm… This is not normal at all to me.