“Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.” – Helen Steiner Rice
Christmas is almost here, and I cannot help but feel thankful for everything I have and everything I was given in the year 2016.
Christmas is a special day for children because they want presents, but really, who doesn’t like a good present? This year brought many good presents for me and my family. In March I got married and I’m still to this day wondering how I got so lucky. I wanted a job in my field, and in April RAM gave me that chance, for which I will forever be grateful. My wife and I wanted a house, and we were able to purchase one in October.
People have asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year, but I draw a blank because I have been given so much already. Ultimately, my Christmas happened all year.
The great part about working with Remote Area Medical is the potential to make someone’s life better in a meaningful and lasting way. Obviously, like any job, there are tough days, but I can say with no hesitation that the people here at RAM are not in this for the money or the fame. Everyone works long hours and sheds blood, sweat, and tears to see a smile on the face of a patient who just got a painful tooth removed, able to see clearly for the first time in years, or smile with dignity again because they have a brand new set of dentures. There is no present or turkey leg which compares to seeing someone cry tears of joy.
This is called the season of giving for a reason, and I hope everyone is able to give something other than a present to someone this year.
If more people lived their day to day life in a joyous and caring way, like they do during Christmas, maybe there could be peace on earth. There is so much to be thankful for, and many of us overlook it. That said, I would like to give some thanks and recognition to some of my co-workers.
Stan – Thank you for your vision and unrelenting passion for helping people. Your passion is infectious, and you are an inspiration. You wake up every day wondering how you can make the world a better place. Thank you, sir!
Jeff & Chris – Thanks for giving me the chance I was unable to get anywhere else. The opportunity to work in one’s field is a chance some people never get. The day you all called me to tell me I was hired was and will always be one of the best days of my life, and I thank you for that.
Eric – Thank you for being such a great mentor and colleague. Your knowledge and willingness to help have been amazing, and I hope to one day be as amazing at my job as you are, sir!
Amanda – Thank you for always being so kind! It really touched my heart when you came to my grandfather’s funeral and I will never forget it!
Anabel – Thank you for all you have done in so little time in our department and for helping me get better at what I do.
Emily – I feel like we have both been on this journey together, as we have shared an office and were hired around the same time. You have immense talent at what you do, and I know you give your all to make RAM better on a daily basis.
Karen – Thank you for helping this blog be what it is and for being so friendly to me. Seeing how dedicated you are to RAM is inspirational. I’m not sure where we would be if it weren’t for all you do and have done for so many years.
Sharon & Janice – You both have been so helpful and friendly this year, and you work so hard. During the wildfire in the Smokies relief effort, you both were so on top of things and were so integral in all of our organization’s efforts to help.
Operations Team – You all are the reason so many people want to give to this organization and why so many people leave our clinics with a smile on their face.
In closing, 2017 is almost upon us and this will probably be my last blog of 2016, so I want to wish everyone who takes time out to read it a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
“Christmas can’t be bought from a store . . . Maybe Christmas means a little bit more.” – Dr.Seuss