NUHS inaugurates its sixth president, Dr. Joseph P. D. Stiefel | Photo from nuhs.edu
National University of Health Sciences Homecoming 2013 was wonderful. I was blessed to be invited to participate thanks to the generous offer of Bart Green, DC, MSEd, DACBSP. Three days of continuing educational lectures, from basic science (neurology of food addiction) to ethical considerations of practice; delicious food and fine dining; impressive ceremonial events—the weekend was full of many memories. I felt impressed to share some of them with you, so I’m taking some time to do so.
The most inspirational event of all of Homecoming was clearly the Inauguration Ceremony of the new President Joseph Stiefel. The two talks that touched me deeply were the Ceremonial Address given by visiting president Joseph Brimhall from University of Western States, and President Stiefel’s speech following his inauguration.
Wisdom from President Brimhall
The message from President Brimhall was two-fold: first, Wisdom is the application of knowledge to create a better world, to make the world a better place, to learn what is of value. He quoted a poem from T.S. Eliot’s 1934 play The Rock:
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
Source: Post by gruseom, YCombinator discussion board
Second, in the storm-winds of the changing healthcare landscape, in the uncertainty of the current economic challenges, we must not stand back, afraid; we must work together to not only survive, but to thrive. On this note, he shared the inspiring thought:
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass;
it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
Source: Vivian Greene quotes, GoodReads.com
President Brimhall concluded his remarks with the following insights:
- Today matters; the choice you make today will determine if the world is—or is not—a better place tomorrow.
- People matter; “every person in this room matters,” said President Brimhall.
This resonated with me profoundly. To these inspiring words, I feel to add that each person has unique gifts, individual contributions to make; therefore, each of us has the responsibility to make decisions and take actions today so that the world will be a better place tomorrow.
Esse Quam Videri!
Update [24 Mar 2016]: Removed unfulfilled promises of future posts (sorry!). Mild formatting changes; added “Wisdom from” to President Brimhall heading.