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Purpose (or Purposelessness)

Pai Thailand cafe quote true meaning of life

Pai, Thailand 2/19/2017

I sit in this cafe gazing at the sign next to me (below), and wonder if I’ve made this process too difficult.

The True Meaning of Life

“We are visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the meaning of life.” – His Holiness Dalai Lama XIV

For all the endless rumination about what I’m supposed to with my life, all my musings about how contribute to the world, all the therapy and career coaching trying to figure out what’s next, I now sit here feeling like, shit, this could be really simple. More . . .

Welcome to my blog!

Macaron and me. The streets of Paris, 2014

How does change begin?  Does it begin en masse?

Or is it the little pebble tumbling down the hill that hits the stone,

That bumps the rock, that starts the mudslide?

When we reminisce, all we remember is the mudslide;

No one remembers the pebble, the rock, and the stone.

-Me, February 2016

Welcome!  I’m Francine and I’m excited to share my journey with you. This blog documents my evolution from full time practicing physician to a creative existence as yet to be determined.

There will be random musings about almost anything from birds to fashion to climate change and back, rants about my job and medicine in general, and lots of travel pics and information, mixed with hopes, fears and excitement for the present and future. More . . .