A four letter word that when used comes with many conditions, intentions, reasons, and expectations.
An emotion that when shared makes us feel vulnerable, open, bare, and even naked.
Yet true love is an act of selflessness. It’s about giving of ourselves. It’s about listening to understand, seeing to relate, speaking to encourage, touching to feel safe.
It’s relentlessly giving of ourself to another person to provide the shelter of safety.
I know it’s a bit “sappy and touchy feely” for most professionals in healthcare, yet I ask myself…..
Have we lost our love for our fellow human?
When someone comes to see us and are not feeling well, what expectations do we walk into the exam room, patient room, or clinical area with?
What conditions or intentions do we have of people as our patients?
Is it an exchange of dollars?
Or is the basic reason most of us went into healthcare was to care for someone in their time of need? To give of ourself unconditionally, without expectation, and with the only intent to provide a safe place to make another feel well again.
Maybe with all of our measures and metrics we simply forgot that health and care is less about me, and all about the we.
The we that is cared for daily.
Healthcare is provided at the N of 1.
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