With warm wishes at the new year

Transitions are always full of emotion – the end of one thing and the beginning of another fills me, and most people, with feelings of gratitude or perhaps disappointment for what was or wasn’t – and excitement and hope or perhaps concern for what might occur in the future. In our home, we were fortunate enough to have the brightness and liveliness of a recent visit from our children. Seeing them in their beds and throughout the house, where they previously belonged, filled me with such a sense of love and rightness. Hearing the details of their lives and sharing the delight of new and fun experiences with them made the holidays even more satisfying. And then they were gone. Off to their own lives, leaving me with mine. The house is now quiet and it feels like there is so much more space. I would be dishonest if I said I wasn’t sad, that I didn’t miss their presence. Being with people we love makes our lives much more enjoyable and richer. But holding on to what was is not sensible (it’s not reality anymore), helpful (nothing is ever accomplished in the past) or compassionate. So what’s in that space that is now available to me – to all of us – as the new year begins?

My wish for each of you is that you find in your new space, each day of 2013, opportunities for joy, for growth, for love and for acceptance of and gratitude for what is real.

About Helane Fronek

Over the past 28 years I have had a fascinating and fulfilling career in medicine, initially practicing as a general internist and then as a procedural specialist, caring for patients with vein disorders. As Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UC- San Diego School of Medicine, I’m thrilled to be teaching medical students crucial communication skills along with many other aspects involved in the practice of medicine.
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4 Responses to With warm wishes at the new year

  1. Rohit Majumdar says:

    Thanks for all your excellent posts, Helane! Hope you have a great new year!

  2. Sending wishes for a wonderful year for you, too. Thanks for your comment – glad that you enjoy the blog!

  3. Ole Peloso says:

    As usual Helane you are right on target. Your love for family, patients and people in general
    is so wonderfully expressed in your blogs. I will you the best this New Year.
    Ole Peloso

  4. Dear Ole,
    It was great, as always, to see you in Florida. Thank you for your kind comments – I wish you and your family a healthy and happy new year, too!

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