The other day I was able to connect with a patient of mine who is currently in the hospital. She’s doing fantastic (relatively speaking); a few days ago she wasn’t feeling well as her bowels are a bit (very) blocked up and she is battling cancer currently. Recently her husband emailed over her contact info at the hospital (she’s been in for about a week, but needed some time to herself for calming her own nerves), so of course I called her! I started our chat with a “laughter yoga” hello (a customary “ho, ho, ha, ha, ha!) And I could already feel her smile through the phone. We caught up on her health, her improvements, her challenges, her eagerness to get home soon. Some serious chat-time, some laughs and all genuine connection. Ahh… what a great start to the day! I finished the call with another laughing outburst which led to contagious laughing from her, and I felt we both had an equally good start to our day.
Sometimes it takes the smallest gestures to share kindness. I think of many friends and patients daily. If I haven’t called you or heard your voice lately, or emailed or facebook-messaged you, don’t think I’m not thinking of you.
I encourage you to find a way to connect with someone you’ve been thinking of today to allow both of you to smile.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!