A perfect storm of connections

Elinor Tatum | 4/12/2011, 4:37 p.m.


The conversation then took another turn. It went to medicine. The gentleman to my right was an internist; he said that they are a dying breed. Everyone going into medicine today wants to specialize, and that's creating a lack of general practitioners who take care of patients on a day-to-day basis. Dudley, sitting to my right, lamented that he could never get a call back from his doctor and that he hardly ever got a live person on the phone. He told us how a physician he used to go to now charges a "membership fee" of $3,000 to be a patient. The doctor said that that was the only way he could practice medicine the way he wanted to. Dudley didn't like the idea, but is seriously thinking about it because he can never get through to his doctor. I said to Dudley, if you can afford it, you should do it, but only if the doctor gives some of his time to a clinic or another institution that serves people in need.

I know that was a tangent, but it all goes back to giving back. Each of us has something to give back, and if we insist on those who are around us give back, too, we will make this world a better place. If each of us helps when we can, we bring each other up. We meet people everyday, and by our meeting them something has changed, and we can connect them to someone else who can help yet another.

Everyone has something to give; everyone needs someone to give something, if we work together and really listen to what is going on in the lives of those we meet, however briefly, we can change this word. Whether it is going to the bone marrow drive to see if you are a match to help little 6-year-old Jasmina Anema, who has an aggressive form of leukemia, giving up a day of work to volunteer at a local not-for-profit or raising money for a program that will help the community, each one of us can make a difference. Maybe it is just introducing one friend to another and together they may make a difference. Use your connections to make new bridges between people and change the world. With a perfect storm of connections, you can make a difference.