Dr. Hussar is Remington Professor of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pa. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of Pharmacy Times.
Americans have been extraordinarily blessed, notwithstanding challenges. Although more than 2 years have elapsed, the events of September 11, 2001, provide a continuing reminder of how quickly and devastatingly circumstances can change.
As we have considered the events of September 11, as well as other crises and world problems that have occurred since then, many of us have thought first of family, friends, and faith as our most valuable sources of support and encouragement. It is noteworthy that we do not even have to pay anything for these resources that we consider to be so important. We cannot even place a monetary value on them.
As pharmacists, most of us are productively employed, receive good salaries, and live comfortably. We have been blessed! How often, however, do we think about or "count" our blessings, and to what extent are we committed to giving something back or helping others? Some pharmacists are already very generous in contributing to our profession and to charitable organizations. Yet, many of us have made little or no commitment in this direction. I encourage you to commit a "significant" amount of money during 2004 for any purpose or program you choose. Some examples:
Pharmacy associations-Provide more support for an association of which you are already a member, and/or join an additional one. Our associations are advocates for the profession from which we derive our livelihood.
Scholarships for pharmacy students-If a large number of pharmacists would give $250 a year to provide scholarships, it would be of great help to students.
Help for an individual you may not even know-Many throughout the world and in our own country have great needs, and a multitude of charitable organizations are committed to helping. A brief search should yield a worthy cause.
You are the only one who can determine how you will use your money. If you are not already participating in charitable activities, doing so will be enormously satisfying and fulfilling.