I had the most jarring experience tonight with a well respected doctor in my community. Rather than rehash the experience…I would invite those in every walk of life to practice empathy…compassion and respect for our fellow human beings. We are all in this together…we don’t know when we…or a loved one will require the same.

When we witness a soul who is struggling…we must  offer empathy, compassion and a loving and safe space for one to share their story. We must ask how we might help and what they may need at that moment…and if possible provide suggestions and/or solutions…and, whether or not someone has the resources to pay should not determine if they receive treatment.

We are each other… I am you and you are me. We must look beyond the struggle and beyond their ability to pay all at once for medical treatment. Let’s help those in need receive whatever treatment is necessary when it is in our control (and this most definitely was) to allow them to heal and work with them in creating a “holistic “ lifestyle plan that includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and financial healing. Lets be grateful for the financial security and overall Wellness that we enjoy…Let’s be patient and encourage those less fortunate to practice wellness where finances do not determine the quality of their treatment…This offers one hope for the future and sustainable health!

When we offer love and encouragement, it promotes a sense of worthiness and well-being…and an eagerness to pay it forward. Please…let’s not leave anyone behind especially when they need medical treatment. This can make or break a person who feels valued as a human being…or is humiliated in front of an office of staff by a doctor whose only concern is being paid and responds, “I’m sorry…I can’t help you if you don’t have the money.” The patient asked to make payments and the doctor went off on a tangent as to why that’s not fair to him.

I was mortified. And, this was an upstanding citizen and member of the community he knows well and has never owed him any money over the past 20 years. I can’t imagine how others might be turned away who are unfamiliar to this practice who are truly living in hardship.

It is up to each of us to help each other up…not to slam each other when we are struggling…where love and compassion…and patience, are needed to heal. How can we put a price on that…

Sat Nam


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