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Sunday, December 30, 2012

End of the Year Reflections from Dr Rich Blake

The sun is setting on another year. Quite unbelievable to me as I do not know where it went. But I love this time of year. I love to reflect on the past year's events, and on where I am going next year. I see my successes and failures, my smiles of happiness and tears of sadness, and search for the meaning of what just happened. 

I do feel too scattered this last year. Most of my goals for the blog went unfulfilled as I just muddled through. But, I did stay involved. The blog connects me to some subliminal side of medicine that is just wonderful. I feel it is part of me and apart from me. I am teaching through it, and yet being taught by it and my interactions with my readers. I am a better podiatrist, better person, because of it. But how?

My wife Pat and I celebrated our 35th Wedding Anniversary in Provence this year and found a beautiful poppy field like the one above. The poppies symbolize natural beauty for me, and I fell in love with them years ago in Monet's paintings. Monet had passion, and simplicity. He surrounded himself with beauty at Giverny which daily inspired him. Caring for others is my passion. Podiatry gives me a tool in which paint with simple strokes. 

So much of what I want to say in my blog is so simple. Keep It Simple Stupid my mantra. Listen To Your Body my daily saying. Stretch more. Ice more. Power Lace. Our bodies will tell us if we need to be more complex. 

I thank my readers for a good year. I thank my wife for smiling when she walks past me while I am blogging. I wish I had great plans for the blog in 2013, but life will direct it more than I. I apologize to those I promised things, but failed to produce. I have so little time. Part of me needs to lay in that poppy field more, to relax more, to be with my family and friends more. Part of me is upset at poor health care I see and sometimes deliver. So I will continue being with this blog that continues to call me to be a better person, a better human being, a better doctor, and I will continue to continue. 

Happy New Year!!


  1. Wow, Rich, I feel so lucky to know you. Every time we talk I say to my friends, 'he is SO nice!' Yesterday I said 'i'm so lucky to have found him.' Thank you so much for trying to help me, for caring and for being accessible.
    I wish you a good which you get the rest you deserve and time off for yourself -- even if it means being less available to us, your patients!
    Wendy P.

    1. Thank you so very much Wendy. I am honored to help you and humbled by your kind words. Rich Happy New Year.


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