This short experience with Paul Farmer left me thinking that I really should get to know a little bit more about this man, who for no other reason than I waited a long time, gave me a free book along with a nice inscription and signature. I took up my roommates long standing offer and began to read a book, Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracey Kidder, which gave a small glimpse into the life of Paul Farmer. The books describes Farmer's efforts in Haiti where he spends much of his time helping the poor get treatments and help for any disease or sickness. While visiting Haiti weekly, he also works at the Harvard Medical School as a professor, and at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston as an attending physician. Farmer also co-founded an international social justice and health organization; Partners in Health (PIH).
|The symbol for Farmer's organization PIH (|
|Farmer examining a patient (achievement.org)|
After hearing and reading about all he's done I have often thought to myself, "What am I doing", or "How can I come anywhere near to doing what he's done to help others." I let myself feel intimidated rather than inspired. However, after voicing this to my roommate he told me, "I don't think Farmer wants you to do what he does, because most people can't, he just wants you to do what YOU can do." And with that I added my own trait to what makes a truly great creative... They inspire others around them to begin to challenge, see, and think of things in a different light and although we may not be able to do what they did, they inspire us to do what WE can.
I highly recommend reading Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracey Kidder to learn more about Paul Farmer and what he does, or to read a book by Farmer himself (there are many).
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracey Kidder
The Creative Personality by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi