Dr. Alistair McAlpine, from Cape Town, South Africa, has a job that’s not easy at all. He works as a pediatrician with children in palliative care, helping them to live out their heartbreakingly short lives with as little pain and as much joy as possible.
Dr. McAlpine wanted to try and share some positivity after seeing too many negative stories on his Twitter feed. He wanted to show that even in quite sad situations, there are kids who remain positive and inspirational. so he asked what they enjoyed in life, and what gave it meaning. The children, aged between 4 and 9, gave eye-opening responses that are wise beyond their years.
None of the banal details that we spend too much time stressing over were mentioned. No television, no Facebook, no video games. No stressing about what others thought about them and what they looked like. Just simple pleasures such as reading a book, playing with pets, and caring for mom and dad.
Dr. McAlpine’s series of tweets have resonated with people, being shared thousands of times. Sometimes we all need a reality check, rebalance, refocus and come back to what is really important. The wisdom these kids provide, in such heartbreaking circumstances, is a lesson to us all. Thank you, Dr. McAlpine for sharing it with the world.