One of the highlights of the IHI Fellowship is the opportunity to attend the BMJ (British Medical Journal)/IHI Global Safety Summit. The 2010 Summit began today in Nice France on the French Riviera.It was scheduled to begin one day ago.

My wife traveled from Madison Alabama to meet me, then on to Nice. Funny thing happened last week. A volcano erupted in Iceland.

Our flight was canceled on the day we were scheduled to depart. Just so happens last weekend was also the running of the 114th Boston Marathon. Boston was crowded. We had no hotel. I live in a very small room in Arlington Massachusetts.

So, we trekked to 3 different hotels over the last 4 nights before my wife returned to Alabama. But, we saw a bit of Boston. We went down to the Boston Marathon finish line and the third hotel actually had a ocean view.

I returned to IHI and congratulated Don Berwick on his official nomination by President Obama to be the next CMS Administrator and got back to work.

In the end, the Sun came up today and the sky was a beautiful blue. Life’s stream resumed it’s normal rhythms.

Stream Of Life by Rabindranath Tagore

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day
runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.

It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth
in numberless blades of grass
and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.

It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth
and of death, in ebb and in flow.

I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.
And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment

–Ron

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