Reading – You Are What You Read

“Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley. But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us”  ― A.J. Cronin

“Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley.
But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us”
― A.J. Cronin

I can only speak for myself in how I see or experience my life and my choices.  Every day and with every patient I reflect on why I became a physician and in particular a pediatrician.

Everyone will have role models (of which I had many).  Many will have life experiences or family health crises which galvanized their choice.  Sometimes a book may be a touch point.

I used to read more than I do now. Two books by A.J. Cronin still touch me today. Granted I read them 50 years ago when I was in high school, I still remember the feelings that I had as I read the books!

The first was Green Years and the second was Shannon’s Way both chronicle the journey of a young Irish orphan growing up in Scotland and his study of medicine and his later practice of medicine.

Another book that I read in college was Dear and Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell. A book about St Luke who was a physician.

Sometimes I worry that the fiction and non fiction our children read or are directed to read by educators do not have the lessons that they should learn through the vicarious experience of reading.

I can’t remember anything. I remember only ideas and sensations. – James Joyce

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