A Professional Blog
Recently, I was interviewed by Marie Ennis-O’Connor about why, as a physician, I blog. Marie and I met last year at Stanford Medicine X. I have a lot of respect for her work in breast cancer advocacy and her work with social media. As a result, I gave her interview questions a great deal of thought and consideration before submitting my answers.
Searching for Deeper Meaning
Since the interview, however, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect more deeply about what motivates me to write. Writing, I’ve discovered, can be an almost spiritual experience, possibly like something a painter experiences when she paints.
For some time now, I’ve been interested in trying to find a way to further pursue this aspect of writing.
Then, by chance, I saw this tweet from Pam Ressler.
— Pam Ressler (@pamressler) January 2, 2015
Pam is another fascinating person I briefly had the opportunity to meet at Stanford Medicine X. Recently, as an exercise in mindfulness, Pam encouraged her followers on Twitter to write a mindfulness haiku every day for the month of January. I took Pam up on her challenge, and have since experienced some unexpected rewards.
Connecting With Others
In reading Pam’s haikus, I have gotten to know a lot more about both her and her community.
— Pam Ressler (@pamressler) January 12, 2015
A Means of Understanding
The act of writing a haiku each day has made me think about some of the challenges and controversies that affect my community. It’s forced me to struggle with these complex issues, and ultimately, to simplify them.
— Dr. Brian Stork (@StorkBrian) January 12, 2015
A Place for Humor
The most wasteful of days is a day without laughter. – e.e. cummings
— Dr. Brian Stork (@StorkBrian) January 15, 2015
An Expression of Gratitude and Concern
The discipline of writing a daily haiku has made me more aware and grateful for the many wonderful people and things I take for granted in my life.
The New Year is all about a fresh start. For me, it’s a time of excitement and anticipation as the days start to get longer. If, like me, you are drawn to writing as a means of self expression, I encourage you to “start small” by starting a journal or by participating in Pam’s mindfulness haiku challenge for the remainder of the month. I’ll be interested in reading how the experience of writing changes you.