Out of the shell 

A realisation this morning during coffee that for too long I’ve been involved with my own affairs and that is been a while since I’ve actively invested time in others. There’s reasons, of course. It’s inconvenient, involves confrontation which I innately dislike, as well as a willingness to be open about things and trust, with all its possibilities for disappointment.  

But the converse is relying on small talk in social gatherings, being superficially involved with my friends, and only really baring my soul when I’m desperate or in need of something.

This definitely goes into the list for 2017. Now to find and pray for my investments!

Btw, how good was the journey of both Frd and Nadal to the 2017 Aus Open final? Both consummate sportsmen involved in comebacks from injury against a field of professionals in their prime, showing what led them to dominate the sport not so very long ago!

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It’s all about the AO..

And tearing up some terrariums!

Been really thankful this week to have received my invite to the FRACP (at long last), and to finally get the ball rolling on things that I should have done a while ago (work cover, medical indemnity) 

Had a conversation that’s been a while in coming, and while it wasn’t an easy one to have, certainly very necessary to progress on. Hopefully, friendships last beyond this! 

Ted and Solveig had a few of us over for dinner and what a feast! Everytime this happens i can’t help wishing for a place of my own to entertain people in.

Of fellowships at work and out

So many things this week! 

Received confirmation of my fellowship to start my PhD year.  It’s not a huge sum, but I’m definitely grateful to have it to start off! The great thing about it is how initially others were notified before I got the green light, and a certain amount of faith was needed not to go into panic mode. 
I’m also really happy we managed to start the year off with Ultimate Frisbee, and getting together a good mix of ppl who have never played before as well as those returning to the game to congregate in the West to throw a few discs around! Now for basketball!

The message today on fear was God speaking to me:

2 Tim 1:7 – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid but gives us power, love and self discipline

Rom 8:15 – For you did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Fear here (phobos) implies to flee or withdraw due to feelings of inadequacy, often from God’s presence or will

1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Are we making decisions based on fear, or based on love or hope?

Of working weekends, looking back and

 

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A weeks of ‘lasts’

Last renal biopsy as a registrar, last weekend cover as a registrar

Not really sinking in that my working life as a junior doctor is passing a significant milestone but one thing I was surprised about was dreaming about watching a video clip looking back on the year working with the team at Monash and choking up a bit.

Am thankful for the early break on Sunday, allowing me to catch up on my vaccine lit review at home and hopefully catching the Brissie International finals later – will be a first time for me watching Kei Nishikori for a whole match!

Am also really thankful to finish the year biopsying without a major bleed! Major confidence booster as I’ll be supervising the new cohort of registrars doing renal biopsies going forward!