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Sarah Seidelmann Sarah Seidelmann life coach. physician. light source.

Author and life coach Sarah Seidelmann, MD, is a Board-Certified physician who left her practice to live out her destiny. In her work, she loves to ask, "How good are you willing to let it get?" [http://whatthewalrusknows.com]

At the age of 19 I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. It dawned on me that if I might die very soon I should definitely enjoy what was left of my life. It was a lucky break. I realized that life was meant for living. The timing could not have been more perfect. 

I extracted myself from the pre-med madness of the college library and re-focused on people again: being with people, socializing, connecting, goofing off, and playing. It was a wondrous time.

When I entered medical school, my new way of living was challenged. But something inside had shifted. I knew on an atomic level that it was my purpose to live my life like a torch, burning brightly. 

I managed to go through medical school and residency without too much of my light being snuffed out. Slowly, as my own family grew (to include four amazing children) and as my practice grew, I became disconnected again. My life became complicated and I became less illuminated. 

Having had one fortuitous shift at 19, I was able to catch myself at 43, take a sabbatical, and realign my focus. Now, after much internal seeking, I’m back to living my life as a torch. In fact, my torchlight feels stronger and brighter than ever before. Some days, I even feel like a blowtorch.

In my daily experience, I see a lot of people seeking light. Some are starving for it. But thinking we lack light is an illusion. We can always choose light. Connection. Hugs. A call to a friend. Music. Petting a dog. We’re all potential blowtorches. That potential is not only in some of us – it’s in everyone. 

One of the fastest ways to recharge my blowtorch and feel connected is by spending time in nature. While it might appear that I’m alone there, I’m actually in the wonderful company of stars, squirrels, trees, Great Lakes, and much more – all rippling and swelling together.

I’m moving toward a place of even greater ease, of burning courageously as that blowtorch, moving along my path, doing what I came here to do. This next internal shift might just look like spectacular northern lights – strange, wondrous, and magical.

– Sarah Seidelmann

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