Finding Meaning

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Finding Meaning

I heard a broadcast on National Public Radio as I drove to the local Menards for garland on Thanksgiving weekend. I was transfixed and did not want to leave my car because of the topic—physicians finding meaning in their work, the difference between curing and healing, and why physicians are in crisis and many are taking early retirement. I went to the website and found additional information from the author, Rachel Naomi Remen, and her essay entitled, “Recapturing the Soul of Medicine.” Here’s a link to the essay and an excerpt:“Meaning is a human need. It strengthens us, not by numbing our pain or distracting us from our problems, or even by comforting us. It heals us by reminding us of our integrity, who we are, and what we stand for. It offers us a place from which to meet the challenges of life. Part of our responsibility as professionals is to fight for our sense of meaning—against fatigue and numbness, overwork, and unreasonable expectations—to find ways to strengthen it in ourselves and in each other.” I think this relates to all work because we work, not only to get the job done, but to find meaning and satisfaction and connection in what we do. Meaning is the intangible that makes what is difficult worth it because we remember the why.-Christina