Dear Doc: Interviewing God
Eagle County CO, Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” I have been posed with several questions about living wills recently from family, patients and surprisingly even by my colleagues. I planned on writing about just that when the simple question struck me: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? That simple phrase, which we may often mutter without a second thought, is deeply philosophical indeed. Before moving on with the very important end-of-life questions we must all some day face, I thought some perspective would be nice.
The two challenges each of us must prepare for ourselves are readiness to leave others behind and readiness to accept what is coming next. Quite simply we must ask: Have I lived a good life for myself and more importantly for others? And, am I ready to embrace what God has planned for me next?
One of the proposed new Eagle County logos has the words “Life at Its Peak.” That seems so fitting for standing at our peak, we can look at the path behind and the one ahead. In my next article I will talk about living wills, but for now …
You may have read this before. The author is unknown, but it is a beautiful piece of inspirational prose. Not surprisingly, God’s second answer touched me the most.
The Interview with God
I dreamed I had an interview with God.
“So you would like to interview me?” God asked.
“If you have the time,” I said.
God smiled. “My time is eternity.”
“What questions do you have in mind for me?”
“What surprises you most about humankind?”
God answered …
“That they get bored with childhood,
they rush to grow up, and then
long to be children again.”
“That they lose their health to make money …
and then lose their money to restore their health.”
“That by thinking anxiously about the future,
they forget the present,
such that they live in neither
the present nor the future.”
“That they live as if they will never die,
and die as though they had never lived.”
God’s hand took mine
and we were silent for a while.
And then I asked …
“As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons
you want your children to learn?”
“To learn they cannot make anyone
love them. All they can do
is let themselves be loved.”
“To learn that it is not good
to compare themselves to others.”
“To learn to forgive
by practicing forgiveness.”
“To learn that it only takes a few seconds
to open profound wounds in those they love,
and it can take many years to heal them.”
“To learn that a rich person
is not one who has the most,
but is one who needs the least.”
“To learn that there are people
who love them dearly,
but simply have not yet learned
how to express or show their feelings.”
“To learn that two people can
look at the same thing
and see it differently.”
“To learn that it is not enough that they
forgive one another, but they must also forgive themselves.”
“Thank you for your time,” I said humbly.
“Is there anything else
you would like your children to know?”
God smiled and said,
“Just know that I am here … always.”
” Author unknown
The poem can be viewed on the Web at: http://www.theinterviewwithgod.com. It is set to beautiful music and photography. The words are taken with permission from the Web site, although the author is unknown. I hope I inspire you once in a while with my thoughts and bits of medicine.
Remember your health is your responsibility! Health is our greatest asset and it doesn’t happen by accident. If something doesn’t seem right, or questions are left unanswered don’t wait, call your doctor.
Dr. Drew Werner is the Vice Chief of Staff at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs and the Eagle County Health Officer. He lives in Eagle with his family. E-mail comments and/or comments for Dr. Werner to firstname.lastname@example.org.