Last week I was in hospital to have a routine outpatient procedure and from the minute I grabbed my queue number, I started to feel it was going to be a special morning.
As I was courteously tucked into my pre-op bed, it hit me – how fortunate am I to have easy access to multiple hospitals? Imagine explaining this to the millions in Sub-Saharan Africa who can’t even find a clinic within a day’s walk.
I also didn’t have to worry financially, if my medical insurance didn’t cover the cost, I knew I had enough money in the bank to pay the bill. Those caring for me that day wire almost all their earnings back home to sustain their families. Could they afford the luxury of elective surgery?
As I was wheeled into the theatre there was no lack of medical staff, there were atleast three dozen rushing to and fro and this was outpatient surgery not A&E! Oh, and did I mention I was greeted by happy and smiling faces from every person that I interacted with?
Do I smile and greet people at work with such joy while at my luxurious office? These people were showing me what “joyful effort” really means. All of this came to me in one of the most loathed places for most people – a hospital for heaven’s sake!
This experience led me to think that if we would all just take a moment to step back from our super self–absorbed existence we’d recognise the everyday miracles in our lives, as well as the many angels right under our noses.
(and the ACI Singapore team)
A Final Thought
we can only fly by embracing one another.”