1- Live Your Ideal Life Without the Financial Kick in the Pants from Money Meets Medicine. I liked this ep – more focused on life planning than the typical financial podcasts (which all seem to be obsessed with real estate and bitcoin lately — I’m not really into either.)
2- Amazon and Inequality from Deep Background with Noah Feldman
Warning. This one may not make you feel good about the big A. I am contemplating changing my reading list links to something else.
3- I attended a fascinating (free) webinar on “Taming the EHR” with Dr. Marie Brown, internal medicine physician and director of practice redesign at the AMA. Right now it doesn’t look like the recording is up, but hopefully it will be eventually.
(The most mindblowing part? At the end, when she recommended a model of 2 medical assistants for every 1 physician. The current ratio where I work is definitely less than 1. This would absolutely make an enormous difference.)
4- This week’s post earlier about G’s soccer has had such fascinating comments. Thanks to all who have shared (varying!) perspectives. You all have definitely made me think.
I also reflected back a bit on my own experiences. I played piano and violin from a young age and happened to be fairly good. There were some fun things that came out of these activities — orchestra trips, friend groups, a summer away at a state program — and as a byproduct I was able to excel in singing (which I liked more) in a way that I probably wouldn’t have without the strong musical foundation.
BUT, I hated practicing and it was a daily battle to get it done. I also lacked passion for music in general that I saw in some of my peers. My parents did not forbid quitting; I just knew that if I quit all of the good things that came with these activities might go away. And so I persevered through most of high school. To this day, I am not sure a) whether I regret it or not and b) whether I’d be in my current life if I had quit. Excellence in music probably helped me get into the college I attended, which subsequently helped shape a lot of my life after that. (Though maybe if I hadn’t been doing music . . . I would have found something else to be good at?).
Furthermore, I was a competitive cheerleader (which took time, $, energy). I had more passion BUT less talent for this activity and my parents encouraged me to quit that basically daily. So I am harboring some complicated feelings about my own experiences.
Anyway! I am hoping that tomorrow G will enjoy running around on the field for a few minutes, but if she really doesn’t want to, I might just call it a season. On reflection (and some of your anecdotes) it’s probably easier for both of us that way!
(Interesting A enjoyed her second week despite her newbie status. Which just goes to show that toddler rebellion may not correlate well with future choices anyway.)
((I wonder what Angela Duckworth would say!))
5- Yesterday Josh put the kids to bed and I did something I haven’t done for a while — just free-journaled (in old Inkwell Press disc-bound notebook, for those that are curious). I restarted a new 100 dreams list (thank you for the reminder Laura!) and also did some troubleshooting of our mornings, which currently are more stressful than they need to be. It felt really good.
I also finished The Four Winds. OMG, how bleak and depressing that book was! I sobbed. I am not sure whether to recommend or not. But I guess it did provide some helpful perspective.