Seeing the World with New Eyes

Life as we know often presents us with surprise, change, uncertainties, excitement, and all that lies in between. This week, Chaplain Bruce Feldstein, MD, Head of our Gratitude & Reflection Pillar, invites us to take a pause and ask ourselves – what is your current situation? Who shares the situation with you? And what matters the most to you?He urges us to try and find perspective, by considering different horizons of time: today, the coming months, or the next chapter of our life. Whether we reflect on these questions in quietude, during a reflective walk, through the art of journaling, or amidst enriching conversations with others, we will be more capable of facing our present existence with new eyes.

Proust has a famous quote that goes, “The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” And so, as we live these questions of reflection, we may discover new ways of taking the ups and downs of life on.

For Dr. Bruce Feldstein, the quote helps him realize importance of allowing and slowing down. He explains that “On the path towards wisdom and discovery, when you listen, demonstrate presence, and show caring, and most importantly, slow down, a new world of appreciation and learning may emerge.”


By: Helena Zhang, BS & Bruce Feldstein, MD, BCC

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