Author: Dr. Jonathan Ramachenderan @thehealthyGP

40 thoughts at 40 years

I do understand that I’ve written a mini-book here but alas that is how I write! Long-form and I am sure that there is a book in these 40 thoughts. *Thoughts* with asterisks next to them are upcoming blog posts that in different stages of being edited. Please comment if you’d like to read any

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The fruit of prioritising marriage – celebration and legacy

Compared to my last 4200-word post, this piece will be short. Also, Kylie doesn’t like me writing for hours in my office on our special days and today is one that we will be celebrating! Our 16th wedding anniversary. I wasn’t sure if and what I was going to write about but then like penetrating

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2019 in words – An encouragement, a reflection and an essay on grace

It is Christmas eve and I’m starting my reflection as I watch my younger two sons play. Usually, by this time, my goals and strategy for the year ahead are usually being prayed about and put unto paper but this time it is a little different. I am the midst of life-changing internal work. I

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A Christmas message- Our hope is in no one else

Lord, you are above all circumstances, but you are in every moment. There is nothing that is impossible for you, for you are with us through every struggle. The wind and the waves, the sun and the stars are all under your command. But yet you call us by name and declare us daughters and

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Our beautifully boring and elegantly simple marriage

At 39 years old and working as a Palliative Care Doctor, I know that I am young! But 20 years ago today, I kissed the girl that I am married today. 15 years ago we said “I do” and began our lives together as husband and wife. 10 years ago our eldest son Samuel was

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700 words on why friendship and connection matters

Nausea and vomiting aren’t pleasant symptoms.  It is 2am in Kuala Lumpur and from my hotel room on the 33rd floor, I have one of the best views in the city of the Petronas Twin Towers. But this only serves to remind me that I am thousands of kilometres from home and how alone, unwell

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It’s not you, it’s them: 400 words at 39 years

I’m surprised at 39 years old that vindication doesn’t taste as sweet as courage. That is because in the moment that you choose courage instead of inaction, hope instead of despair and wisdom instead of foolish revenge is the moment that you become one of the greats. And if and when vindication occurs, your wisdom

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Rest - the foundation of intentional self-care

Why do we fill our lives with endless activity which doesn’t actually matter in the end? Who are we trying to please and what are we actually trying to do? Why do we sacrifice our health and our best years at the altar of work and not chase after our own dreams and found passions?

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Dark days in Palliative Care  – The importance of intentional self-care

I love my job as a Palliative Care doctor. There is nothing that I look forward to more on a Monday morning than meeting with our team, solving problems and helping to relieve suffering in our patients and their families. It compels me out of bed early and is the only job that I see

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Ten years ago today — being a father learning from my Father.

Ten years ago today there was little question that I needed to change. Ten years ago today, the cliche of “your life has changed forever” was repeated across the Maternity ward at Tamworth Base Hospital and across Facebook and over the phone as friends and family congratulated us. Our first son Samuel was born. Ten

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