Iowa Specialty Hospital

Making the Rounds with Dr. Hurt

April 20, 2017

The art of alchemical experimentation simultaneously reaches its most superfluous redundancy and it’s most illustrious summit with the creation of the homunculus*.

“Homunculus*” means “an artificially made dwarf, supposedly made in a flask by an alchemist.” Most connotations describe the dwarf as a miniature version of one’s self.  Our son, Hunter, calls his debate partner (Parker) his homunculus*. That is because Hunter comes up with creative new arguments or ideas and expects Parker to jump on board and he usually does.  They won a state championship that way!

However, I think the opening statement (provided by Hunter) means that you are really not creating anything new.  So that after all that “alchemy” brought to a successful creation, it was really not that great. My take home message: There should only be ONE you. I’m trying to be the best version of me I can, as are most of you. I’ll be no one’s homunculus*! Right now, I am being purposeful about that – in all areas of my life.  My desire is to live this life to the fullest!  I am trying to be a little better version of myself than I was the day before. At work, I’m asking for grace in that. My job has a lot of moving parts and always will. I am trying to be more patient and communicate better.

*I bet you will try to work the word “homunculus” into a conversation cause it’s fun to say!


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