an intelligent, experienced, and well-researched individual who, in many ways, is far more of an expert in my health care than you are. Thank you for engaging me in open and equal conversation instead forcing me to circumvent your assumptions. Thank you for questioning me with genuine curiosity inspired by a desire to increase your own understanding, instead of leading with doubt and an agenda to reinforce a falsely constructed position of authority.
And thank you for going on maternity leave, giving me the opportunity to interact with your temporary replacement. Her approach has deepened my gratitude and shown me how much I have grown. Most importantly, she has strengthened my commitment to interacting with others in the practice of loving curiosity. It has shown me how easily one person can bite into another’s well-being. How precious is the opportunity to meet another and learn about them? How easily that moment can be squandered and misused. How demeaning it can feel to be not seen, to
be doubted and engaged in an unspoken spirit of competition.
Thank you. I am very grateful you have come back.