Dr Jamal R Saadah is a consultant physician at the department of emergency medicine, Mafraq Hospital. Originally from the West Bank city of Ramallah, he is a US citizen and has been living in Abu Dhabi for a year, prior to which he lived in Dubai.
Never miss a beat. I have a beautiful family: three boys and a wonderful wife who complete me. One day my life is bound to flash before my eyes; when it does, I want to make certain that it will be worth watching. I want to be aware of the fact that I never took life lightly and never once for granted. Some say that if you live a life of fear, you're dead; if you are dead, then you have nothing to fear. A simple reminder to take life by the horns and live it to the fullest, never missing a beat. In this regard…
Give life meaning. Life will become a meaningless chore if we allow it. By giving life meaning, each of us has the ability to transform his or her time, body and words into worthwhile ornaments of love, hope, peace, tranquility and non-violent self-expressions on this planet, rather than hatred and disgust.
Choose your career with care. My line of work is an ever thought-provoking profession. Emergency medicine by its very nature consumes the lives of many, doctors and patients alike. Your life and outlook feel different once you greet and witness death.
Try to understand death and dying. It is because of this path I have chosen in life that I understand death and dying. How can I not? I may be a physician, but I am also a human being with a family. I may one day have to endure this burden. It will never and can never be easy to say goodbye. I can only learn through my personal "Life Lesson" as a healthcare professional what it is like. This is when I shall want to have a "ringside" seat to ensure it has been an unforgettable journey.
Accept the bad with the good. God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow or sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the ways.
As told to Helena Frith Powell