It has been quite a journey to get here and I am very excited for what the future will bring. I was drawn here for the community and this area’s love of nature. I believe most of us are drawn to live here for a common reason – the way we feel immersed and nestled in the beauty of the clear blue lakes, breathe in the scents of forest and shores, and reside, swaddled by the mountains of ponderosa pine. We are lucky – rather than living in a city of geometric slabs of concrete, we are able to interact with the landscape in a deep and profound way. Every day if we open our windows or go for a walk in the neighborhood we are communing with the natural landscape. I am extremely appreciative and gracious for the opportunity to provide care to thousands of patients and family in the Inland Northwest area over the past 10 years. I have been accepted and trusted as part of this community. It is so important with everything we have been going through over recent years and then with the emotional turmoil of a pandemic, politics, divisions and loss of 2020 – many of us live in fear.
There is so much fear, it can be crippling at times. I see it with my patients, my friends, my family and also within me. Sometimes it is hard for us to find the will to go on. What reserves do we pull from. Where do we find the strength. We know this. The answer is why we have community – friends, family, colleagues and religion. But this community also includes the more-than-human earth. Just as we lean on our community in times of need, where each one of us in the community supports each other. So too does the community of nature. We must lean on nature, the area where we live and work and include it as part of our community for us to gain strength, for us to heal.