Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Taking A New Road

One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. Which road do I take? she asked. Where do you want to go? was his response. I don't know, Alice answered. Then, said the cat, it doesn't matter.
Lewis Carroll

Today I began laying the groundwork for a possible change in my career. For a long time I've known that while I do enjoy working with people, I don't enjoy working that much in the traditional medical field anymore. A possibility for an office came up and I am looking at taking it to do wellness coaching. I'm going to be starting a certificate program if all works out in the next couple of weeks so I can begin to move that way.

I had an inspiration that I was headed in the right direction after an encounter with my neighbor. She moved in recently and I hadn't met her. Today I did. It turns out she has lymphoma and is undergoing chemotherapy.  Another neighbor who was outside told her that I was diagnosed recently with breast cancer. She looked at me and I could see the disbelief on her face. We talked briefly and she asked if I was doing chemo. I told her that no I had chose not to and to follow another path, but that in some cases I felt chemotherapy was right for people. She was interested in what I was doing so I talked to her how I had decided to develop a model of integrative care and what it involved. After a brief moment she got teary eyed and said why didn't anyone talk to her about those things.There was no exact answer I could give her, but later I gave her a list of resources to have her family look at to perhaps find her path.Again I felt like the universe was giving me a large prod. We did stand in contrast. She was frail looking and I looked fairly robust in comparison. It is apples and oranges in a way, but to me it just says whyt cannot the two ends work together for the betterment of the patient? I think if I hadn't chosen the path though of integration, I would be her.

So there lies the gratitude, that I have found a new road in my life and am taking it. I cannot fully see where it will lead, but the journey is what it's about anyway...

Ziggy Marley, "Roads Less Travelled":

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