Friends and Colleagues,

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

 That quotation has been attributed to three different philosophers -- Socrates, Plato and Philo -- as well as the Scottish writer, Ian Maclaren, the pen name for Rev. Dr. John Watson, a minister of the Free Church of Scotland. While there may well be a debate over who first delivered the aphorism, there is little dispute about what it means: Given that in medicine, or in life, for that matter, we often don’t have a good sense of what people are really going through, what they’re trying to cope with or what life experiences weigh upon them, it is best to respond to someone’s questionable behavior -- anger, evasion, and coldness immediately come to mind -- with kindness. You just never know how big of an impact a small gesture of kindness can have. In today’s feature, first year UNLV School of Medicine student Jabre Millon makes that important point as he shares a personal struggle that, for a time, turned his life upside down.