Love Is The Strongest Medicine: Notes from a Cancer Doctor on Connection, Creativity, and Compassion

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Breathe First

Breathe First

Something happens.

What do I do?


Take a beat.

Then nothing is everything.

To pause is everything.

To take a breath is everything.

And I’m still reactive.

When I forget the power of nothing.

The power of the pause.

The power to breathe.

I still worry.

About what will happen.



I want to have a choice.

A choice to pause.

Before I react.

Before the next thing happens.

The next thing to react to.

You can react to whatever you want.

Whenever you want.

Or you can breathe first.