At the end of episode 22 from season one of New Amsterdam, Dr Iggy Frome says to a recovering patient:
“because, sometimes the world has light.”
The patient suffers from PTSD due to an explosion at a night club and as a result believes there is no good in the world. Sadly, we can find similar thoughts among many young people regarding the future, and a fair cross section of others who experience unhappiness. However, Dr Iggy says the world is a good place and there is much to look forward to. We just need to find it.
There is Much Light to Look for
Like Dr Iggy, I believe there is much light in the world. However, we do need to look for it, to seek it out, and to find it (although, some of us may not have to look too far). Here are some sources of light to move towards and sources of darkness, or distractions, to move away from:
Good Things to Look For:
- Friends, partners, family and colleagues who support us, who do not judge us, are constructive and spend time with us;
- Factual news and information regarding people, organisations and groups, who make a difference;
- People with a positive outlook, who have faith, use an open mind. There are amazing people the world over, in all walks of life;
- How to be healthy: both physically and mentally. We live in a fast paced world, or so it seems. Taking time to stop and smell the roses and eating properly is a must and there is plenty of information out there to help us to get in the right frame of mind before we make that dreaded visit to the doctor or other health professional (Okay, I admit, that is just me);
- Meaningful and fulfilling work, whether as a paid person or as a volunteer. People do need meaning in their life. Feeling useful is key to this;
- Bloggers who enlighten the world. Their knowledge, experiences and support brighten our world each day.
Bad Things That Distract Us
- Sensational news reporting. Much of what is reported feels and reads very much from a negative point of view, and is often repetitive;
- What is happening to the environment. Yes, there are environmental disasters out there, but there is so much good environmental work being done;
- Gossip by others. Gossip for the most part, in my experience, has no basis in truth, or if it does, is so distorted from the facts, it is harmful in the extreme. See my next point that follows;
- Some forms of social media. Perhaps it is not the platform, but how it is used and managed that is the real problem;
- Not resolving wars and conflicts. There are 255 countries in the world today including Taiwan and 60 dependencies. There are just over 40 conflicts happening worldwide at this time (i.e. 15% of countries). These wars and conflicts are terrible, we should help resolve them, albeit peacefully, instead of saying it has nothing to do with me.
Side Bar – Appreciation and Criticism of New Amsterdam
New Amsterdam is a show we enjoy at home. However, it has its critics, including those who say it is unrealistic, and in essence, damaging. Brit Trogen, who works at the Bellevue (the hospital on which New Amsterdam is based and filmed at), in The Atlantic makes this point: New Amsterdam fails both Doctors and Viewers. Her article is well written and I must say, makes many pertinent points. In essence she questions the decisions made by Max and some of the approaches used.
For me though, New Amsterdam is aspirational. There are many leadership, management and board issues put forward. I realise hospitals are complex. However, I have walked into many places like Max has done and wrung the changes, quickly (think Jan Carlzon re The Moments of Truth and inverting or flattening the organisational pyramid). And, so I enjoy watching his daily tousle as he tries to implement new leadership and management strategies. Some work, and some do not. That’s life, afterall.
The lists in this post are far from complete, but remember that light will always triumph over darkness (Just read Lord of the Rings to see how it happens 😊).