Thursday, December 14, 2006

Tragic. This is all I can think about today. I got a call from my RE's office -- the doctor passed away recently in a tragic accident. I have been profoundly struck by this death.

It's not just that the doctor passed on- it is that all of the work they did was focused on helping families to create families. I can't begin to imagine the thousands of the lives this person has touched.

As we go through our day how many lives do we touch?

If we connect with an average of 10 people each business day- and we have 260 work days--(give or take some) each year-- then over the space of 10 years we will have touched 26,000 people--now, not all of those people that we touch will be new people every day, nor will the number remain the same every day, etc.. I realize my numbering and calculations are flawed-- and there are millions of variations-I mean the school teachers who work with students and parents impact the lives of hundreds, possibly thousands of students every year. The connection we make with people that impacts us could be a 3 second connection or a lifetime connection. The time span will differ for each connection-- but as I go through my day and I pick up my car from the repair store or I buy stamps at the postoffice or grocery shop-- and I say please, or thank you, or comment on something I notice to another person- or compliment that person-- have I touched them in a way I am unaware, and will it reverberate through their lives and trickle down?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry.

Hopeful Mother said...

Ellie, I am so sorry. That is really tragic news. I can only imagine how much this dr. has touched the lives of thousands across the planet.

It's especially sad for you since you just met this Dr., yes? Is another RE at the clinic going to take over your care?

Again, I'm so sorry for this news.

Lut C. said...

My condoleances.

The relationship one has with an RE falls outside of most well-known social categories. I'd imagine it's a bit akward to place this loss.

the waiting line said...

The news about the doctor is so sad.

Thanks for putting how we touch others (way more than we realize) back into perspective. . . .

Anonymous said...

nI'm so sorry.

Liked your comments on touching people, it is so easy to forget pleasantries.

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh! That is very sad.

Beagle said...

How awful. What sad news.