Published on: October 30, 2021

Dr. Balaji Naidu, Managing Trustee, Coimbatore Cancer Foundation, Project Director – Oncology, PSG Hospitals, writes:

We had just finished inaugurating the Department of Palliative Care and Hospice at PSG Hospitals – a 40-bedded unit for people serious health related suffering. 

This was a new venture in a long list of events for the institution and for me personally. The event went off like clockwork, followed by many gratifying comments and compliments.  

I was basking in the feeling of accomplishment and happiness at a job well done.   

Walking out of the hall, I bumped into one of the people who had been part of the team who managed to complete the renovation of the hospital wing in record time. This particular person, however, had been a little challenging to work with and needed to be nudged many a time to complete his tasks. 

He stopped me in the corridor, his eyes wet.  With a voice filled with emotion he told me that after attending the opening he had stayed on to watch the film ‘Hippocratic – 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking the World’. He then said, “It is only now I know the purpose for which I have been working day and night, and I feel a sense of happiness that I could be a part of this noble cause.”

These few words meant more to me than all the praises heaped on me that day, and made me understand that if we are somehow made to become aware that we are even a small part of something bigger than us, then we can find joy in the smallest of tasks. 

It brings me joy to know that we can learn something new every day, especially in the most unexpected ways, and find a new meaning and purpose in our lives.

Let’s keep adding value to life.

Also read: PSG Hospitals, Coimbatore launches “Santham” palliative care service

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