I’m not a Psychologist. But when I hear “Staying together for the kids,” it gives me PTSD.
The first book in spirituality I ever read was Dr. Brian Weiss’ book- Many Lives, Many Masters.
I was so shocked by this book that I read it in half a day. It freaked me out so much, that I couldn’t sleep for 2 weeks. My thinking changed.
I’m not sure if he knows this, but I’ve dozed off at so many games, AT the stadium.
Before I quit my job, I read many books written by other MDs, to try to persuade myself I wasn’t the only crazy one.
Recently, I drove down to Big Sur for an interview. And it came at a time, when I felt like I had emerged from a period of real self doubt in my chosen path, when things had started to feel okay again – even if momentarily.
The poet Mary Oliver said, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
One of the saddest things that I read about recently, was the story of 2 young black sisters with sickle cell disease, who both suffered strokes. (See the full article here.) The suffering of these girls is so frustrating because these strokes are 90% preventable.
Self doubt is real. And self-care can help to keep us afloat.
One of the biggest ironies in the practice of medicine is that there is very little focus on prevention.
What if we have the power to heal our bodies by changing how we think and feel?
As a primary care doc, sometimes I would tell this story to plant a seed of hope in my patients- that perhaps their lives can go differently, if they choose.
Sometimes we look for the answers elsewhere, when the answer may be right there- in front of us.