There are pockets and spaces here in St. Petersburg that I'm
convinced no one knows about. In fact, there are quite a few of
them--essentially abandoned and breathtakingly beautiful. The
strangest thing about this, is not only are they off the beaten
path, but finding that path is virtually impossible. One road in;
one road out. They're tucked into areas where it looks like there
are just houses or the coastline and that the land just drops off
into oblivion. These are my favorite places.
Every once in a while I find myself in one of these
places--usually in awe and almost definitely alone. There might be
the occasional dog walker or runner, or a dolphin fin in the
water--but for the most part it's just the space, my thoughts and
Not all our paths lead to out-of-the-way places, but all of our
paths have led to here. Each of us came here--to National (and to
my blog) from somewhere else--whether it was from a different
school, from a different career, or from a different Life. There's
so much diversity, experience, and wisdom. Each of us brings
something (many things) very special to the table. Some have had
more struggles in their lives than others. We always carry this
with us and it comes out through our daily lives.
Plato said, "Be Kind, for Everyone you meet is fighting a hard
I was really reminded of this quote this week. I've been dealing
with a lot of people obviously going through a lot of trials. We
are all taking midterms--and that's taking its toll on many of us.
And outside of school, many are struggling with financial issues,
searching for work, and seeking solutions for their own health and
well-being. In some cases, it's truly easy to approach these people
with compassion, but in others, when people are angry, frustrated
and upset--and I don't know why--it's not so easy. The last thing
anyone wants to do with a person that's screaming, insistent, or
downright rude, is to listen with an open heart and mind.
Perspective is a beautiful thing. I have to remind myself not to
get caught up in frustration, and keep seeking solutions (and
helping them seek solutions as well).
When I'm out in practice, I'll be dealing with the same things.
People from all different paths will converge into one place--my
practice. I won't know what brings them here, how they got here, or
maybe even the true nature of their illness. All that I can do is
approach each and every person with that same compassion, listen to
everything they're telling me, and work towards and help them work
Study hard Everyone. Learn. Listen. There's far more to know,
than what's in our books. Remember.