Good moral character shouldn’t be hard to find. #morals #character #charity #donations

What is character?

List of character traits

I recently donated to someone’s fund to help rebuild the lives and shelters of people less fortunate.

After my generous donation, there was no ‘thank you’ or even acknowledgement.  In fact, what I received was a ‘why did you waste your money?’, I’m just going to surf.  I was so shocked I had to ask why someone would say that?  They replied, ‘because I’m selfish.’

I post this as a lesson learned: Be careful who you give your time, efforts, and heart.

Never would I have thought this could happen.  My naivete prevails; yet, I want to believe there is an inherent good in people.  My mindset may be biased as I’m in healthcare and people are helping ALL THE TIME, genuinely (not to just do something for vacation).

It saddens me that one could:

  1. Take money from friends and family so selfishly
  2. Be so upfront and acknowledge that it was for selfish reasons
  3. Pretend to help but really just ride the cash of these donations

When to let go

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I came across this blog post and was really struck by it’s honesty regarding the nature of medicine and death/dying. Back in 2011, I was faced with a very real scenario regarding my father’s health. Throughout medical school, we are taught to do no harm. However, there is a fine line between living and just barely surviving. Even as an MD and having been trained to deal with death and dying, I had to eventually come to grips with what was best for my dad. It has been said that medicine is both an art and a science. Practicing the art of compassion and empathy, I have learned a great deal from patients and their families as well as my own. Despite all of the advances of modern medicine, nothing helps more than listening to the patient.

The Greatest Act of Courage