May 13, 2016 – Five for Friday

What I’m watching – The Glades. It’s not exactly good, per se, but it is easy watching in one of my favorite genres. The writing is laughable sometimes and the directing is a little odd at others, but I still find myself watching it. It’s my current vice to avoid doing the stuff I theoretically want to be doing but my present self just isn’t in the mood for.

What I’m reading – Human’s Of New York’s current series on pediatric cancer. Specifically, the post with the Dr. who’s something of a legend in that community. His quote:

“The absolute best thing in the world that can happen to me is telling a parent that their child’s tumor is benign. I live for those moments. And the worst thing that can happen to me is telling a parent that I’ve lost their kid. It’s only happened to me five times in thirty years. And I’ve wanted to kill myself every single time. Those parents trusted me with their child. It’s a sacred trust and the ultimate responsibility is always mine. I lose sleep for days. I second-guess every decision I made. And every time I lose a child, I tell the parents: ‘I’d rather be dead than her.’ And I mean it. But I go to church every single day. And I think that I’m going to see those kids in a better place. And I’m going to tell them that I’m sorry. And hopefully they’ll say, ‘Forget it. Come on in.’”

The comments on the post are filled with people that his past patients thanking him. It’s awesome, in a really good cry kind of way.

What I’m listening to – a lot of podcasts. I’ve been spending my kid free time removing wallpaper and it’s best to do that while listening to something. I haven’t really cared what it is, so long as it’s something. I think my favorite was on minimilism – Josh Becker talking about his book The More of Less.

What I’m thinking about – not a lot more than wallpaper and how I really should be spending more time on it. Ready to be done with that project.  

Quote I’m pondering –

In terms of teaching our children to dare greatly in the “never enough” culture, the question isn’t so much “Are you parenting the right way?” as it is: “Are you the adult that you want your child to grow up to be?”

Brene Brown, Daring Greatly

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