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Spring Fever

I can hardly make myself believe that it is nearly May.  Where has the time gone?  I hadn't realized that it had been almost 3 months since I bothered to read my own journal entries, much less add anything.  Not that I've been sitting on my hands.  2 months of Q4 call is enough to keep anybody occupied.  This last month w/o call has been a refreshing respite and a good time for reflection.  Additionally the increased amount of sunshine has done wonders for my spirit.  I love the spring.  It is so full of hope and life and energy.  It's infectious.

In medicine there is so much to be aware of.  It's as if one's entire life consists in observation.  Watching and weighing.  You get so busy trying to figure out what's going on with other people and trying to make it better that you often forget to pay attention to what's going on with oneself.  This month has reminded me that it is impossible to do the former without giving adequate (but not too much) attention to the latter.  It is essential to be aware of one's own biases and attitudes, limitations and strengths, in order to provide the necessary level of care to those we serve.  I am a firm believer in the golden mean.  I take a quite Aristotelian view - balance is key.  It's been nice to have an opportunity to reflect and to think about how to think about things.