Let me be a little more vulnerable. I am a musician, and I sometimes try my hand at writing music as well. Most of what I write I would not share because I don't think it is very good (I guess I don't let that stop me from writing some of the crap I write on this blog!) . I choose to listen to songwriters that are generally very strong (like Bruce Cockburn, who I think is the best of the best).
Here is a song I wrote with some of my patients in mind. I see a lot of people going through terrible things, and as a doctor I do my best to just be encouraging without being patronizing. I can never imagine what I would do in their shoes because I will never be in their shoes. I really wanted to capture the situation I see them in and give them hope without being trite. So here is my best shot at it. The chorus contains a play on words, if you are bad at catching that.
Beyond the Pane
The start of another day is upon you
Wondering what the hours will bring
The dawning of hope?
Or the end of your rope?
Things are never quite what they seem.
Bracing yourself against the current
That's dragging you down toward the deep
This wasn't your dream
But the road that you chose is narrow and steep
Look outside the window
Look beyond the pane
Forget about the ones who left you standing in the rain.
The wind is blowing harder now
The sun sinks in the west
But stand your ground
Don't let them hear the pounding in your chest.
Watching the people on the TV
Giving out such good advice
But if they're so smart
Then how come they aren't
Getting those around you to start treating you nice?
Sometimes it's hard to be a human
Sometimes it's hard to run this race
But as you run
Don't miss the ones
The ones that you love
The ones who live there right before your face
This is not the end of your road
There is help to carry your load
When the night falls upon you
And the onus is on you
Never ever give up your hope
The start of another day's upon you...