I do this thing every New Year. It’s not like a resolution it’s more like a small heartfelt commitment to develop one characteristic over the next 12 months. On 1st January 2014 I decided this would be the year for generosity. Generosity isn’t straight forward. Sometimes it takes on this clumsy shape and hugs like a bear and then at other times it feels like a silk thread invisibly mending a gaping hole in the seam of the universe. At least that’s how generosity feels to me. Blogging feels like that too.
I love that people find amazing links and videos and blogs and quotes and they pull them together and send them out into the world for me. This week Marie Ennis-O’Connor who tweets by the handle @JBBC and writes the award winning blog – Journey Beyond Breast Cancer tweeted the link to the HL7Standards Health Blog where Angela Dunn wrote on Why People Blog – the Internet of People. So many reasons why people blog but all of it feels incredibly generous. I encourage you to check out Marie’s blog and the HL7 blog. But most of all I want you to watch the amazing video by Dr Jordan Grumet.
Dr Jordan Grumet shares stories that he openly confesses he finds painful to share. He blogs so people will know who he his, the man behind the stethoscope.
“We do such a good job of using social media and the Internet to tell people what we know, but we do a lousy job of telling people who we are. … And telling people who we are has become really important.
When I set out to write these stories, I set out to tell our patients who we are, what it feels like on the other side of the stethoscope.”
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about generosity this year and I’m starting to recognise it when I see it, and I see it a lot.
I blog because I want to have a conversation with you about the way we can shape the health system. Not in some heroic way, but little by little, people joining together and determining that they will reveal who they are and what they really care about. Thank you to all the people who sent me messages after last week’s blog. Let’s keep that connection happening.