Why #Take10? A few thoughts from our dear friend and partner, Dr. Tony Back, palliative care physician, medical oncologist and healthcare communication expert.
Would you rather talk about what used to be? Or talk about what living well can be?
When we ask, “Would you rather?”, we’re doing more than talking about one or the other. We’re hoping to open up a safe space that you can take a baby step into and past the challenge of the pandemic, towards whatever health and happiness means for you right now.
For me, the pandemic feels disconnecting. I’m not seeing my peeps. I’m not having my neighborhood chats. I’m not bumping into a friend at a coffee shop. I’m not dropping in on the happy hour. It doesn’t feel good, and it’s not healthy.
Plus, my social skills feel super-rusty. Part of me is saying, be cautious, stick to small talk. But the doctor in me knows that small talk isn’t very… nutritious. An honest, unvarnished, real talk is what really nourishes each of us. And if you are with someone you haven’t seen for a while, and especially someone who’s been dealing with health issues, you could use the same amount of time making a difference for both of you.
The important thing is to invite a conversation about what matters. It only takes a few moments to make some meaning—that’s why we’re encouraging you to #take10.
You might feel awkward, or unsure, but you *can* speak your curiosity, or empathy—or love. Click on any of our talks and you will meet an amazing person who did just that—and you’ll feel their inspiration and hope. You’ll see that you don’t have to cue up music or manufacture a Hollywood moment. Small *is* beautiful. The tender parts of our lives, the most meaningful parts, only show themselves when we feel safe and warm.
As a doctor, I can tell you that my patients yearn for this—they have told me over and over that micro-moments of connection are what gets them through the toughest times.
We hope our #take10 stories will encourage you to share your own. This is about connecting, sharing, learning—and living our lives the way we want to.