“Here lies George Brown, born a man, died a gastroenterologist”
Kitchen Table Wisdom, p. 42
I know, I know. Like yours, my first thoughts were, “How pathetic that this guy ultimately defined himself by what he did for work. And if that was all there was to him, then yes, it is sad.
But maybe this as well. Maybe George Brown was a gastroenterologist who cared deeply for his vocation and the people he served in that vocation. Maybe there were hundreds and hundreds of people that experienced relief from painful digestive disorders because of George Brown. I have experienced enough of my own to be grateful for the George Browns of this world.
I would want to speak to the headstone editor, if there was such a thing in Canada back then. The problem is how the inscription reads, as if George began as a man and then shed that humanity to be a gastroenterologist.
It is when we are able to bring our full selves to work that it becomes a vocation.
What do you want inscribed on your headstone?
by Doug Wysockey-Johnson
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