Stripping away the rose colored glasses of denial concerning my reality. Getting in touch with truth. Reaching out to others in empathy concerning their reality and their walk to truth.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Caring for the doctor

My favorite doctor is also my Fibromyalgia coach. He speaks to all of his patients as they pass through the halls or the lobby. “Mrs. Watts, I’ll see you in a moment.” “Hello Dixie, where have you been keeping yourself; have you been painting?” It’s the kind of concern that patients appreciate and want to reciprocate by caring for the doctor.

I’ve known this gentleman about eleven years and every year his entire family goes on a scuba diving trip in the Caribbean. Now with one son married, another engaged; it was getting harder to schedule the time. He was a tad sad.

“Why don’t I do you a painting to cheer you up, and keep the dream alive? I know you’re redoing the office, so I let me re-do the bathroom?”

“What?” He was quite shocked. “My wife is doing the office. I don’t know.”

“If she likes the painting, tell her I want to finish the room in like style.”

It was great seeing the look on his face when he saw the “Triptych” or the three panel set of paintings. Each panel is 28 inches width by 22 inches in height. This photo was made near the last stage at my home. The room’s lighting is strange so I came back in with additional paint to highlight or deepen a few shadows.

Now days when people are kind I have a tendency to want to remember them and their kindness. The wife is very pleased to have a Caribbean style rest room; she even placed some tropical fish. They entire family made the trip last year! The office girls tell me he is constantly showing off his Triptych. ;)

Caring for the doctor is caring for your self. I am still amazed when I see them hanging on that long wall.


  1. Hi Dixie,
    How refreshing! What a wonderful story of kindness and sharing.
    This personal, human touch is a heartwarming tale.
    To interact with the good doctor and his family is a true demonstration of caring for our fellow man. You are never too busy to display such acts of kindness. For that, you have my admiration.
    To have a positive rapport with a doctor, can be of great comfort, when we have various concerns. My doctor once said to me: "Gary, under other circumstances, we might be sitting on opposite sides of the desk." He was very much aware of how a negative environment could have profound consequences on our mental health wellbeing.
    Thank you for a most uplifting blog Dixie. Warm wishes Gary x

  2. Hi Gary,
    You're one to talk with your generosity with others! Kudos to you my friend.
    Glad you enjoyed this one. Thank you for the encouragement.
    Warm wishes > returned, Dixie x


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