The Circle of Life

circle of life Just found out that a dear friend had passed on recently. I don’t know why, but this brought to mind the “circle of life.” We are but a mere reflection of our past acquaintances and experiences. With that said, maybe the loss of a close friend is basically a part of that reflection of our own life circle, fracturing off.

As I watched a close family member retire from medicine, I see someone who is a mere shadow of what I knew him as 20+ yrs ago. I personally do believe that the loss of each and every friend, even in a Dr/patient relationship as is the aforementioned example, chips away at our souls. Reflecting back on my observations, I can see how thoseĀ  decades of caring for people who have passed on, takes its toll on the human psyche. I don’t see this in the younger practitioners.

When one is young and just starting out, the light burns brightly with desire to “shoot for the stars.” There are periods during that phase of your life where you feel like you’re on top of the world. My advise to those there, is to not let it go to your heads as the moment will be dissipated with time and the next generation will already be in place to take over and begin anew. As someone once told me in regards to success; there is always someone smarter, faster, bigger and better, so don’t fool yourselves.

Elton John’s “Circle of Life” lyrics are so true: “From the day we arrive on the planet And blinking, step into the sun, there’s more to see than can ever be seen- More to do than can ever be done- There’s far too much to take in here- More to find than can ever be found- But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky- keeps great and small on the endless round-the circle of life.”

If only we could all go through life with grace, courage and an open mind. Unfortunately, those are typically characteristics one acquires after going through the trials and tribulations of life. The job of each generation should always be to pass on and teach those behind us that we should approach everything we do with dignity and always give it our best, no matter what.

We are our own judges, know in our conscience when we’ve truly done a good or bad job and need to rely more upon ourselves in being accountable during our own personal walk in life. I do believe that if we stay on the high road the majority of the time, we will one day experience that moment regarding our own purpose in the circle of life.








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