Hey Friends & Future Friends!
I hope everyone is having a great week so far and that kindness is just flowing through you! I’m a day late due to not having internet at home yesterday, but I’m back at it today with a quick story to tip off this week’s Kindness Challenge. This week I’ll tell you about Dr. M.
On Thursday, December 22, 2016, I went to my post-op appointment under the assumption that my stitches would be looked at and I’d be sent home. I took my lunch break to head over to Dr. M’s office, which is only a ten minute drive from my office. I had no idea I would walk into his office and learn that I’d been diagnosed with Stage 1 Classic Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Dr. M gave me the news and I’m so glad he did.
Dr. M took out his cell phone and asked me not to leave until he got my oncologist on the line. He left my in the room for a while and then rushed back in when he had her on the line. She was only able to speak to me for a few minutes because she was in court and stepped out to take his umpteenth call. After we talked, Dr. M stayed with me for a while. He took off his doctor hat and just talked to me.
If you’re wondering where the act of kindness is, wonder no more. Have you ever met a doctor who gave you news and then said some sort of an acknowledgement, excused his/herself and then bowed out of the conversation? I have met a few doctors like that. I’ve also met a few people who have had to undergo similar processes with their own health and meet really impersonal, uninterested, impatient, intolerant people. Dr. M is not any of that. He literally stopped his day so that he could help me navigate my day as it got a little harder. He has secretaries and nurses he could have brought into the room I was in to sit with me or console me. He closed the door and just sat with me after having spent an hour with me explaining the diagnosis and trying to get my oncologist on the line. My lunch break was about two hours long that day and on the way back, I cried a little, but I was so grateful that I had experienced genuine kindness from someone who didn’t have to be that kind.
My challenge to you is to give someone else a little more of your time. You may be in a rush to do the next thing on your task list, but someone else may need what only you have to offer…your time, your ears, your heart.
Have a great week, everyone! Make sure to look for opportunities to be kind! Please also share your experiences in a comment on this post! Let me know how you impacted the world! God bless you! -E