The Tree of Life
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When you feel the suffering of every living thing in your own heart, that is consciousness – Bhagavad Gita
To serve as your President for 2018 has been the greatest honor of my career, and I am forever indebted for the opportunity. As I write this last president’s page of my tenure, my reflections on the many successes of the year are dwarfed by the horrific assault on humanity that occurred in Pittsburgh on October 27, at the Tree of Life synagogue close to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. At times like these, the frailty and resilience of the human spirit are equally on display: on the one hand, a senseless crime of hate; and on the other, the spectacle of people from all faiths and beliefs rallying together, and the dignity of a stricken community.
The final president’s page of the year is usually a reflection on the past year. But, that must wait for another day. This is a time for even deeper thought and soul searching, of how we as individuals and a society might nurture the best, and not the worst instincts in ourselves and others.
My thanks are due to the Executive Council and the Board of Directors for their wisdom and sage advice, to CEO Kathy Flood, and each member of the ASNC Team for making my term as President a time that I will remember with fondness, and to all of you for giving me the opportunity to serve.
Prem Soman MD, PhD, MASNC
ASNC President 2018