My Pandemic Poem: A video

A much awaited new year is finally here … yet, the way this week is going, to wish anyone a ‘Happy New Year’ seems a bit naive and uninformed. Shockingly, in the United States, it took six days for 2021 to top much of the anxiety the pandemic has caused, leaving us wondering what’s ahead. The disheartening events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 emphasize the importance of starting this New Year with intention, focusing on those habits and practices that support our well-being and effectiveness as individuals and as members of our communities and nation. We all need to be at the top of our game, especially those of us in leadership roles and in caregiver fields! These days of ongoing disruption to our sense of safety and security demand that we examine our lives and priorities and remain rooted in truth and love so we may be instruments of healing and hope for one another.

Yes, it is still a pandemic, 2021 has already shocked us … and, yes, all the basics that support a healthy lifestyle and the pursuit of meaning and joy in life and work still apply. I hope this brief video will motivate and inspire you to continue to invest in your well-being in mind, body, soul, and spirit … even as we all continue to grieve and heal. 

Which of these simple tips you will choose to act on today?

And, yes, may we all have a Happy, Meaningful, and Blessed New Year as we choose to live 2021 with a sense of purpose and hope. Whatever you do, stay encouraged. Stay connected. And remember to be good to yourself!


This is the first video in my new series — A Pause to Recapture Joy — which comes from my latest book, Recapturing Joy in Medicine.

Amaryllis Sánchez Wohlever, MD (Dr. Mari)

I am the author of Recapturing Joy In Medicine and I am passionate about physician wellness, burnout prevention, and Helping Docs Thrive™ in the midst of a broken system in constant flux. As a coach for physicians, I love helping my colleagues develop their strengths, recapture their original calling into medicine, and embark on a path to greater joy, meaning, and purpose in medicine and in life.

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