May 17, 2013
There is beauty in looking beyond.
Most of us are guilty of seeing things for what we believe them to be, rather than what they are.
We are startled when they are revealed to be more.
We are startled when we realize that we are capable of understanding things in new ways, and in sharing this understanding with others.
I began the journey to 'doctorhood' at the tender age of 17: the year I graduated from high school.
As a pre-med student, my time was spent examining things from a scientific perspective. I took classes in calculus and organic chemistry; biology and physics.
I continued the scientific path through medical school, residency and fellowship education.
I was trained to see people as interesting puzzles that required solving.
I was trained to see the world as a larger ecosystem within which my fellow human creatures and I existed.
Several years ago, I began to look beyond what I had been trained to see.
Carrying my camera with me while running, I paid careful attention to my surroundings, seeking shots that would represent the beauty of the ecosystem in which I lived.
I was amazed by how much there was to notice--and how much I had been missing.
At about the same time, I took up the study of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Again, I was astounded at how much more there was to understand about my fellow humans.
I have never been able to return to a strictly scientific medical practice.
Nor have I been able to return to a strictly scientific way of living.
I am dazzled, daily, by the beauty that surrounds me.
I am challenged, daily, to look beyond.
From the rocky coast to the western mountains, Maine is home to vistas wild and wonderful. It is also home to the Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport, where photographers hone their skills in order to fully capture Maine’s great beauty. This week on the Dr. Lisa Radio Hour we celebrate the school’s fortieth anniversary with internationally known photographer Barbara Goodbody, and Maine Media president Meg Weston. Join us!