you get what you give

March 31, 2011

ask and it is given?
i had a really good day yesterday. yes, we were busy [we rounded almost straight through from 9 am – 4 pm!] — but i was somehow able to go with the flow. i always delete the pages from my pager at the end of the day, and was actually surprised to see that it had filled up — meaning that >20 came through over the course of my 9 hours on. because it honestly didn’t feel that bad. when i got called with various requests, i just did them. with a smile.

i attribute at least some of my attitude yesterday to having listened to the philosopher’s note on ask and it is given by esther and jerry hicks.

okay, i have to say — i am half freaked-out, half bemused by the hicks website. it looks to be all new age-y and weird and i am really not interested in ‘channeling’ anything. HOWEVER: at least in the summarized version that i listened to, there were a lot of powerful ideas.

things to ponder . . .
here are a few of those ideas that made me think.

the law of attraction: the idea here is that like things attract each other, and this applies directly to very basic things, like your thoughts and attitude.

classic carla & JD — i miss scrubs!
hospital translation: work WITH and not against the nurses — after all, they have the same goals that you do [ie, get the patient to feel better]. when you smile and treat people nicely, this will bounce right back to you and everyone is happy.

internal locus of control: those with an internal locus of control [ie, they create their own reality] are happier than those who let surrounding events determine their level of joy at any given moment.

residency flashback: AHHHHHHHH
hospital translation: if your definition of a ‘good day’ depends on how many pages you get or new patients accepted onto your team, you are bound to hate your life — after all, you have no control over any of that! instead, focus on how you are responding to things from the inside, and you will be able to deal with anything — and perhaps even have fun while doing it.

recognize when your emotional fuel gauge is empty everyone needs a break sometimes — identify activities that help you recharge, and do them!

hospital translation: post-work yoga = good.

determine what you want, and do the next little thing in front of you. that first part is especially important — remembering what your ULTIMATE goals are truly is essential; otherwise it’s easy to waste time spinning one’s wheels.

hospital translation: well, this one especially applies to me with respect to lab work. while i am not that excited about it, completing a research project is a required part of fellowship, and becoming a [real, grown-up!] pediatric endocrinologist IS part of what i want someday. so: doing one little thing at a time, i will get there.

learn to appreciate . . . everything. people [your barista at starbucks. your next door neighbor. your husband or wife]. things [the smell of rain. crisp notebooks. having shelter and enough to eat.]

[and speaking of crisp notebooks: 25% of everything at the daily planner! just saying.]
hospital translation: there are SO many things to appreciate in the hospital — from a caring parent of one of your patients to an attending taking the time to do teaching, and so much more. i really did try to do this yesterday and went around with a smile on my face because there is so much good intent and heart around the wards.

do you find that any of these ideas apply especially well to your life or line of work? i’d love to hear other perspectives.

list of the week!
i have several lined up for this new weekly feature — but keep ’em coming! [just email me a picture or screen shot!].

this week’s list is a simple one from meredith of pursuing balance. thank you, meredith! i like the simplicity 🙂



workout: 90 minute int/advanced class — this class was really hard and i definitely could NOT do everything, but i still had fun and got a great workout. we even headed to six plates after class — so much fun!

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