I think more Canadians need to wake up from an unsustainable lifestyle of “I’ll eat what I want, do what I want and think what I want, without regard for consequences to my body, my community or the environment” and expect the politicians, teachers, physicians or someone else to fix it; and be surprised when it isn’t fixed.
Based on the little history I know, it seems that, at least in the past, calamity and suffering of enormous magnitude has been the painful cure and the cost of complacency. I needn’t wait for politicians or wait for anyone else to come up with a solution. My individual and social responsibility is to apply influence where I can make a difference. As a family physician, I am privileged with self-reliance and entrusted with the opportunities to share my perspectives. Regardless of politics, at least for now, my meaning is to have conversations about self-empowerment and social responsibility with everyone in my circles of influence. I am a witness to many many narratives of personal growth and receive daily gratitudes from patients whose lives have improved; so I believe I am doing the right thing and will continue my exciting journey with gratitude and without expectations. I believe today, every individual, for the first time, can have the means to reach the masses. This perspective emboldens me.
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." - J. F. Kennedy
"Yes We Can" - Obama
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“If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the precipitate.” - Scott Trahan, Portland, OR USA