On this Thanksgiving remember that happiness is the difference between our reality and our expectations.
Fifteen years ago I traveled with a team of physicians that had been invited to address some health care needs in Kenya. After a few days attending events to showcase Kenyan schools, culture and its health care system I asked a cabdriver to allow me to spend the day with him and take me to Kenya’s less glamorous side—the one’s that aren’t showcased by the Ministry of Tourism and Health.
At the time Kenya had a horrific HIV/AIDs epidemic that had been covered by several national news outlets including 60 Minutes. I walked into an “otherworldly” Nairobi and Kisumu where coffins were sold in the market place and –all too often—in the streets. Many coffins were no more than 3 feet long and served as a reminder of the innocent children that fell victim to the AIDs epidemic. Continue reading “Thanksgiving 2015”