September 2017

Just getting back from Scotland, it was so fun to come across Caroline McHugh's Ted Talk and listen to her speak. I was not only captivated by her sweet lilting accent but also the content of her talk. 'The art of being yourself' was an intriguing topic and one I thought was apropos for this month's newsletter.

In reflecting on what is the secret sauce, or the magic behind the good work we, as clinicians, do every day in service to our patients, I think it boils down to this: being ourselves.

Cultivating authenticity must become a daily practice so that we can bring our true self to each and every encounter with patients, colleagues , friends and family. It takes courage to expose our vulnerabilities, but, it is our vulnerability that allows us to connect with other creating meaning and coherence with our shared humanity!

"Choosing authenticity means: cultivating the courage to be emotionally honest, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable; exercising the compassion that comes from knowing that we are all made of strength and struggle and connected to each other through a loving and resilient human spirit; nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we let go of what we are supposed to be and embrace who we are.- Brene Brown 2009