Reader Response: We Either Give Life Or We Take It

Written by Dr. Mahsheed Khajavi, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Florida State University


I think the most important word is "vulnerable." While reading this, I was thinking about the fundamental lack of acknowledgement  of each woman’s humanity. Perhaps the more appropriate word is simply humanity. While spoken language is often a barrier, there is an alternative, a universal language: smiling, holding a hand, sitting down and touching an arm, a cup of tea or glass of water…something to say, “You are not alone here. I am with you.”

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Reader Response: Allowing Ourselves Grace

Written by Dr. Mahsheed Khajavi, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Florida State University


I read a recent piece by Nikolas Moring on Global Diaries and was moved. I could sense that this young man was disappointed, not in his trip but in his decision to return to the United States. I believe there is a difference between the words "trip" and "journey." The former implies a start and end point, a series of expectations from others and oneself which one must fulfill, and ultimately a return.