I had been dreading this day. I had made a decision about the status of a physician/patient relationship that had run its course. It was time to say goodbye and move on. As the hours ticked by, I became more stressed and nervous. Would she be hurt? Would she think I was ungrateful for the care she had provided for many years?
And then there she was standing in the doorway. We exchanged hellos, but there was tension already apparent. I had been rehearsing for days so all I had to do was speak up. I began my explanation and my reasons for coming to the conclusion I had. She allowed me the opportunity to speak without interruption.
She smiled, and replied, “I have some news for you, too”. She was happy for the decision that I had made, and in turn, let me know that she was ending her current medical practice to devote more time to her newest medical venture and to her young son.
We both started our respective day dreading the outcome, but in turn, we gave each other two parting gifts — honesty and respect.
So I leave you with this thought…. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, it will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use it, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)