A little background before I get to the juice behind the above title: Most of you know that I went through a dark time in medicine. At home on stress leave, I asked myself not only if I would I return to practice, but how.
Only weeks after I resumed practice, determined to model the health I tried to facilitate in others or leave, a minor miracle occurred. In a routine department meeting, I met Dr. Ronna Jevne, a Ph.D psychologist. She spoke about hope and it’s role in the doctor-patient relationship, of its impact on health outcomes.
Everything within me seemed to literally breathe a “yes!” I knew she provided the missing link to connect what I’d learned in my time in burnout with my work as a family doctor. It was a no-brainer to introduce myself and follow her into some of the most rewarding times in my medical career.
This summer I went through similar soul-searching about my writing. Again, once I was through the other side, I met someone.
When I say “met” that’s metaphoric. More precisely, a fellow writer linked to the video below on Facebook. I watched it. I read the woman’s book. I could immediately see the applicability of her work to writing and how it would reinforce some of my own happy conclusions. (Isn’t it nice when science, heart and spiritual principles agree?)
Anyway, Dr. Brené Brown is a Ph.D research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She studies courage, shame, vulnerability, and authenticity. She speaks my language. That’s why I’m absolutely thrilled to tell you guys I’ll be interviewing her for Writer Unboxed in March. The focus will be on the implications of her research for the writing or artistic path — in other words, how might one become or remain a wholehearted writer, given the demands of the modern world?
At present I’m putting the finishing touches on my questions. Inspired by reader month at Writer Unboxed, it occurred to me that you guys might like some input into what I ask. I won’t commit to using your inquiries, but if they are something I haven’t covered and that I think would be helpful, I will.
Work for you?
I’m embedding one video below and here’s the Youtube link to the other. I also recommend her book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, which I understand has gone into second printing already.
If you’re a certain kind of person, you’re now itching to see more of her work. Here are links to her Facebook page — although I give her another two weeks until she’ll exceed her allotment of friends and be forced to move to a fan page — and her Twitter feed.
Would love to know your thoughts!