What about medicine are you grateful for?
Despite volatile interest rates rising, layoffs in tech and stock market values dropping, healthcare is particularly stable with respect to economic turmoil. Through 2008, Covid and our current economic uncertainty, my practice is busier than ever and my work is stable.
The Great Recession of 2007-2009 represented one of the longest and deepest downturns since World War II where unemployment reached 10% but there was little effect on job growth in healthcare regardless of the geographic location. In fact, healthcare employment continued to grow and demonstrated a resistance to job losses.
Over my decades in medicine and life, I have discovered that gratitude is the strongest antidote to negativity.
I started a gratitude journal and seek out new gratitudes to record.
I am thankful for so many things every day…
a beautiful sunny day.
any clinic session to flow smoothly and ends on time.
every surgery that has no surprises and goes as planned.
when my kids are proud of something they accomplished.
The times my wife and I laugh at silly, stupid things.
That my body has no pain.