Upon reading the news of the terrorist attacks in Belgium this morning I was extremely saddened by the loss of life and number of injuries reported. Life is special and fragile. You have all chosen professions that instill hope, confidence and faith in people.
Unfortunately, we are living in unpredictable, crazy times. Just watch the presidential debates! What keeps me grounded is when I walk around the university and see the energy our students, faculty and staff exhibit directed to learning skills necessary to make others’ lives better. Every day when I see the excitement and confidence on our students’ faces, and the professionalism of our faculty and staff, I am reminded that everything else going on around us serves as a type of background noise, designed to distract us from what we really need to be concentrating on: each other and the goals we have all set out to accomplish. These goals, which are all focused on improving others’ lives.
Many individuals attempt to derail these thoughts and ideas but frankly, as Americans and even more so as healthcare providers or soon to be providers, our focus needs to remain on education and improving the quality of those lives that are entrusted to us.
So as you read this, please keep in your thoughts and prayers those families who have lost loved ones and those who have been injured in these cowardly attacks. While doing so, also give thanks for the freedom we have to learn and ultimately practice our professions in a free and safe environment.