My new doctor recommended several books to me and two just showed up in the mail: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance and A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. I love that he shared his journal with me (a small, bound notebook tucked in his back pocket). Inside, scrawled lists of books, new ideas, experiences filled his pages. He said he's always kept one, yet shrugged it off when I suggested that he was a writer.
I'd never talked books or writing with a doctor. Clearly, he puts as much value in the relationship as he does in the symptoms or ailment. He helps the patient by getting to know the patient.
Everything about that experience resonated with how I strive to be in the classroom.