I am very excited about sharing my thoughts about the foundations of health with you, but I am going to interrupt the series to talk about last night's election.
I have had the opportunity and privilege to work for the Obama campaign in northern Virginia for the last several months. I call it a privilege because I was able to fuel hope for my community and hope for our country. As I was campaigning I realized that hope is a powerful tool that I use in my treatment plan for my patients as well. The definition of hope is to wish for something with expectation of its fulfillment. When I work with my patients I help them find the hope in their illness. I know they come to me to find a positive expectation about their current health situation. It is a blessing for me each time I sit with them and we together find hope for their health and wellness.
In the last couple of weeks since early voting has started, I began to see hope everywhere. It has been a tremendous opportunity for me to see people become open and vulnerable enough to have hope in our country, in our economy, in our communities, and in ourselves again.
When we can have hope in our situations we can heal ourselves of physical, emotional, mental or spiritual problems of any type. Hope is a gift of health we give ourselves.
In the last week before the election I felt palpable excitement in the city. Last night as I walked through the streets of Washington D.C. and there was hope, joy, excitement, enthusiasm and love from all the people I came across. People are excited for the winds of change no matter what their affiliation. I think it is wonderful to embrace hope; that is how we grow and learn to experience more joy in our lives. I am excited to have a new leader that creates hope in American. I know that he will bring new ideas and implement different strategies to the country. He used hope as a tool to lift our spirits to believe that things are possible today that were not possible yesterday. This is a gift when people are concerned about health or life issues.
I would like you to participate in a simple exercise.