I hope you all had a wonderful week! This week in America we had record breaking low temperatures. We live in a country where despite the freezing temperatures we don’t have to worry about whether or not we will survive during the night. With one button we can increase the heat, pile on a few extra blankets, and go to sleep toasty warm. However in some parts of the world, human beings just like you and me are doing everything they can to survive. Many of my friends and family know that I’m not a big fan of social media; I rarely post and periodically I will shut it down and not bother. One reason in particular: priorities. I think to myself, here I am posing a selfie and there are people out there with real needs, fighting for their lives. Do you think the person above is concerned about posting a picture with a cliche quote just to receive a few likes and comments from people he doesn’t even know? I do feel that social media can be used in a positive way to impact people’s lives, and I commend people that use it for that purpose, but most of the images and videos I see on my feed don’t show that. Although you may not realize it, you are subconsciously filtering those images, words, lyrics, memes, videos, and quotes into your spirit. I honestly feel most at peace and in sync with myself and God when I don’t use it. When I’m old and wrinkly (oh gosh), I don’t want to look back on my life and see that I lived a life just to post pictures to prove an irrelevant unspoken point. There are people hurting and suffering. I want to look back over my life and smile because I helped them, those that needed it the most. I want to smile because I provided a warm meal to someone starving. I want to look back and smile because I gave clothes and properly fitted shoes to a shivering boy in need. I want to look back and smile because I helped set up water wells so that impoverished countries are not affected by cholera and E. coil outbreaks. I want to look back and smile because I provided medical care to an ailing person who had lost all hope. I feel fortunate to live in America where just about everything is at your fingertips. However, I want to help those that don’t have. The saying really does hold true, “don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life”. What mark will you leave? What impact (big or small) will you make? Or will you just leave behind a digital record of “good times”? Instead of talking about your hustle, your grind, your come up, how are others benefiting because of it? I wish to serve to the best of my capacity with the time that I have; that’s my priority. What’s yours?
I am so proud of my brother! He has partnered with several colleagues and they have started their own franchise in New York, Greeny’s Tea. Their business is up and running! If you are interested in ordering I will provide the link below:
Very easy and quick breakfast for those busy mornings! Blend ingredients well and enjoy! Feel free to get creative and add flax seeds, chia seeds, almonds, or more fruit/veggies!
I was very happy today, I finally reached 4 miles! Normally, once I hit 3 miles I feel like stopping, but I pushed myself and I didn’t feel tired! Hopefully, I’ll be able to reach 4 miles again during my next workout!
I hope you all have a wonderful and productive upcoming week! It’s been super chilly here, stay warm!!
Most of my friends would describe me as beyond bubbly, always cheery, and positively positive. During my med school ball I was awarded the superlative “most likely person to make you smile”. However, like everyone I have faced personal hardship and stormy seasons. My outlook on life during those periods has helped me to overcome tough obstacles. Through every test or trial I hold fast to His unchanging hand, say a prayer, then press forward knowing that with Him on my side everything will be alright. If you’re going through a season of uncertainty or transition, keep your eyes fixated on him, pray without ceasing, and cast all your cares on Him knowing that he will take care of you! Remember, test and trials only come to make you stronger, wiser, better. You may not feel instantaneous change but remain steadfast and keep the faith, He will see you through!! xoxo
The best things in life aren’t things. It’s not the number of degrees perfectly hanging up on your wall, it’s not the luxury car emblem embossed on your car, it’s not the picket white fence with the manicured green grass that is in front of your brick chimney mansion, it’s not the annual fancy gala balls, or the price tag on your fine tailored clothes and leather totes. The best things in life can’t be purchased. It’s leaving work at the end of the day feeling fulfilled, knowing that you gave your all to touch someone’s life, it’s seeing the smile on a homeless persons face because you decided to help instead of judge, it’s coming home to a house full of love and spending quality time with those that mean the most to you, it’s going to sleep each night with peace in your heart and waking up with joy in your soul. The best things cannot be taken away. It is something internal and ultimately found in Christ alone. Many search but may never find the intangible thing that brings true comfort, love, joy, and peace. Always look upward and lean on His everlasting promises. Have a lovely week.
Hello you all! I hope your new year is off to an amazing start! I came across this photo and couldn’t help but smile! Happiness is an inside job, each day you get to decide your outlook on life. In medical school everyone is working hard to secure a residency spot, you want to be on your A-game and impress your Attendings and residents during your rotations at all times, you want to receive glowing letters of recommendation, you want to pass each rotation with honors. However, it is important to stop every now and then and be proud of how far you’ve come. Just pause and simply be happy. You may not be number one in your class but over the years I’ve learned the importance of gratitude. I’m grateful to be in medical school, to have the opportunity to sit down and study what I enjoy. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve mankind through healing. What are you happy about today?
All smiles! It feels so good to be back in Atlanta!!