Sets of glasses

Comfort and fulfilment

1st September 2023

In my faith, we are advised by our spiritual teachers that fulfilment in one’s life doesn’t come from collecting cars, homes, jewellery, or the latest trinkets. Instead, it comes from intentionally building relationships. It comes from putting others first – your friends, family and people in your community that need you.

My faith is over 5,000 years old, and one could easily dispel its advice as outdated, yet research backs up its timeless wisdom. Results from the longest study of what makes a ‘happy life’ from Harvard University shows repeatedly that the greatest satisfaction people derive in their lives comes from connections with others. Comfort matters – a warm home, the ability to travel, food, water, and adequate clothing – but only to a certain point.

After a threshold, deep fulfilment comes from our daily interaction with other people, from laughing, smiling and learning together.

This is one of the reasons I love my work. It allows me to connect with my colleagues and patients every single day. Even when I am not in work, I will bump into people I know, and it gives me a chance to catch up with them and find out how their families are and what they’ve been up to. I hear about good times and bad and hope that in my small way I act as a sounding board to them. Ultimately, I want to look back on my life and be proud that I supported my community above and beyond my role as an optometrist.

Whilst I want to ensure that my practice provides people with the highest quality eyecare, time has shown me that I need to root myself deeper into the community and become a more integral part of it. I hope the patients I currently serve feel this change and I hope that new patients feel the same.

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