It ain’t love that I’m chasing, but I’m running just in case

Yep, it’s a Friday night TGI.  While I wait for a case, of course.

Today I am trusting in healing, in love, in kindness, in little miracles.

Today I am grateful for finally- finally- feeling like I’ve got my mojo back.  I don’t know if it was the time change, the election, the supermoon, or what, but I’ve just been off for the last 2 weeks.  Yesterday I woke up feeling mischievous and I had a great run.  Yep, I’m back

Today I am inspired by these pieces on hope and healing from some wise Buddhists.  I am beginning to value this perspective more and more.

Happy Friday and almost-Thanksgiving!

Now listening: Miranda Lambert “Runnin’ just in case”

Politicians never learn the golden rule: Do unto others, as you’d have them do to you

Saturday. TGI, though it feels a little weird this week.

Today I am trusting that maybe, just maybe we’ll all learn something about listening and respecting and loving right now.  It may matter more than ever.

Today I am grateful for lazy Saturdays that are enforced by a 12 pound cat.  Sometimes he does a better job reminding me of what I most need than I’m able to do on my own.

Today I am inspired by the people I’m surrounded with in my day to day life.  We may not agree on everything, but we love and respect one another.  Again, important stuff these days.

And now, a story, if you’ll indulge me. This morning I ran into some neighbors while we were both out walking our dogs, neighbors who I haven’t seen since earlier in the week.  We started talking about people’s reactions to the election this week and I commented that, as often, the Burn Unit felt like a haven of sanity this week. We do plenty of hard things on a regular basis and if we have one great collective skill set it’s loving one another through the tough times.  And I find myself both grateful and inspired to be part of a family like that, a group of people who have been practicing how to #choosecourage and #lovelouder for a long, long time.

Now listening: O.A.R  “I Go Through”- It’s a perfect anthem for moving forward, which is what I find myself needing to do in so many ways…

Sometimes the greater plan is kinda hard to understand

It’s Friday- is this two weeks in a row?!?

Today I am trusting my intuition about what I most need to manage energy these next few weeks.  Today there may have been a choice to not go to a meeting and instead go to yoga.  Even if the meeting was amazing, I chose well. The better part is that before I made that choice, I came across one resource about managing energy to do your best work, then shortly thereafter read another in yesterday’s email.  I’m listening, I promise!

Today I am grateful for how much I’ve learned in the last year or two about being kind to myself. Progress, not perfection.

Today I am inspired by this eloquent statement from someone I admire greatly about the upcoming election. Even if I don’t agree with your politics, please vote on Tuesday.  And please consider your choices with the most open heart that you can muster in these difficult times.

Now listening: Chris Stapleton “Drink a Beer” -You should listen too.

And I won’t sit down, And I won’t shut up, And most of all I will not grow up

How about a Saturday night TGI, just to mix it up?  I had absolutely nothing left last night to do a Friday version, so here we are.

Today I am trusting that this sense of barreling into the new year will pass.  I look at my schedule and the things I want to get done, and it’s clear I’ll be at a dead sprint (literally and perhaps figuratively) for the next 8 weeks.

Today I am grateful for those reminders from the Universe (and people who are an important part of it) that show up when you need them most.  I have had more than a few of these lately, and grateful almost seems to small of a word.

Today I am inspired by this week’s Kid President video.  Less fear…more love. Let’s do this.

Now listening:  Frank Turner “Photosynthesis”

And so she woke up…from where she was lying still

Sneaking in a TGI at the end of a crazy-busy Sunday.  I can’t say it was ever out of control, just very steady busy.

Today I am trusting in transition…in handing things off…in leaping and the net appearing.

Today I am grateful for weeks like this past week, which are both exhilarating and exhausting, and that give me time to catch up with colleagues in the broader surgical world who “get it”.

Today I am inspired by this guy.

Now playing: U2 “Running to stand still”- 9 years ago tonight I was in Vegas seeing U2.  It only seemed right to listen to a bit of them today.

Where everyone takes notice of the drawl that leaves our mouth

Sunday evening, sneaking in a TGI.

I’m trusting that I can find some grounding, some accomplishment in what is always a crazy-hectic week before the College of Surgeons annual meeting.  It crescendoes through next Monday, then tapers off from there.  I know it will all be fine; it’s more that sense of anxiety when I look at all of the places I’m supposed to be simultaneously.

I’m grateful for a wonderful run on a beautiful Saturday morning with my running sisters.  Yesterday was exactly the long run that I needed, both to remind myself that I’m still improving, and to catch up with friends.  Gratitude seems almost too small.

I’m inspired…honestly, not by a ton right now.  I mean, I’m considering a news blackout until after the election because things just get more surreal on a daily basis.  I’m ashamed as a country we’ve come to this, where we don’t have enough compassion in our hearts to listen to one another, and where people are convinced the bullying (amongst other heinous behaviors) is “Presidential.” Truth told, I’m sad about where we are, and I can’t help but wonder how in the Hell we got here.

And with that, friends, seek compassion this week for yourself and those around you. It feels like all that we’ve got left.

Now listening: “Ever South” by the Drive-By Truckers

Seasons come and seasons go, no matter what we choose

I know…another Sunday TGI.  Somehow my weekend slipped away again, though I am 100% certain I needed the downtime that I found.

Today I am trusting that the next two weeks will be great examples of getting “stuff” done.  From one perspective, the to-do list looks daunting. Based on the pace some of the projects have taken on lately, it won’t be a problem.

Today I am grateful for a weekend when I just put the slow-down on everything.  Yesterday had exactly no schedule, no structure, and no work.  I read, I walked Olivia, I did some restorative yoga…it was beautiful.

Today I am inspired by this piece by the Notorious RBG in the New York Times.  Even if you don’t agree with her politics (I’m trying not to judge you as I type that), it’s undeniable that she is a force of nature.  If I can be half as cool as she is I’ve done well in life.


Now listening: “Grace and Gratitude”- Olivia Newton-John- It was on tonight’s yoga playlist, and I loved the message.  Thanks, Lucy!