Weekly Wellness 12/9/2020

"The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem" - Theodore Rubin

You get a flat tire, and that doesn't fit into your plans for the day. Your 'psychiatric medical clearance' patient turns out to have a blood sugar of 642. You burnt the chicken after forgetting you'd put it in.

The thing is, this is just a part of life. Tires eventually get flat. One out of twenty of the medical clearance patients are going to have an anomaly in their labs. And we've all burnt dinner and ended up with pizza instead.

If you expect no problems: if you expect that everything is always going to go as planned, you are setting yourself up for inevitable disappointment. Instead of viewing these as problems, view them as simply a part of being alive. Part of being a human. Part of being a doctor. And it becomes easier to just deal with them and move on.

WEEKLY WELLNESS TIP: This week, when something doesn't go as planned, don't get angry or upset. Instead, accept it as a part of life, address it, and move on. Throw out the chicken, eat the pizza, and enjoy your night.