Reflections on the Field

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katy worley nepal

Katy Worley, a vet tech, from Georgia was given the opportunity to serve on her first short-term trip with CVM in October to Nepal.

Katy was kind enough to answer some questions for us!

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Seeing our Past in Perspective

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By: Dr. Barry Schwenk

What a wonderful time of the year!  Christmas is filled with so many memories.  Colette and I have been reflecting back to the many places we have been during Christmas.  It is really easy to get nostalgic at this time of year.  You remember the “good ol’ days” and try to recreate those magic moments.  Unfortunately, it usually turns out like those cringe worthy photos of adults recreating childhood photos.  Why do we torture ourselves like that?  What is it about the past that draws us in?  I think its two little words, “selective memory.”

We are really good at this and I’m finding that as I get older I have become a master.  We hold onto the things that bring us great joy.  We hold onto memories because we know the beginning, the middle and the end.  When we face today, we see troubles and worries and we don’t know what the future holds.  It is far easier for us to slip into the past than it is for us to face our present.  The past is complete.  There is no guessing.  There are no decisions to be made.

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