Not so long ago I suffered—daily and for months. It was especially bad at night. I was in agony.
Having done over 100 marathons and running daily since December 16, 2009 I thought my back ache finally caught up with me. I was wrong.
Instead, I discovered that my ignorance about what yoga is and what it is not was really the cause of my suffering. As soon as I followed the instruction of a great yoga teacher my pain became a distant memory and it melted away day by day—like a huge chunk of ice on a hot sidewalk on a Summer day.
I am now back to peaceful sleeps thanks to some very basic yoga stretches.
What am I saying this week? I am saying that we all are very educated as doctors but we all are in some ways ignorant.
For some of us our ignorance centers around lack of knowledge on self-care. We drift closer and closer to burnout. And if not burnout, then at least a lower level of job satisfaction.
We may even have pride where our egos convinced us “You have it covered and there is no need to pause and consider another way. Just hang in there and make it work. You are after all a fine doctor very capable of solving others’ problems. Surely you can solve your own!”
In Scripture we are taught something similar to the Buddha’s teaching. Someone wrote in the Bible, “My people will be destroyed for a lack of knowledge.”
So here is a practical question you may want to consider:
—In what area am I really and honestly falling short in a manner which puts me at risk for burnout?
Only you know the answer.
But I am interested to hear from you—simply to learn from peers and then to see if there are patterns where doctors, independently, take chances by remaining ignorant. Please let me know via a comment or an email.
Meanwhile aim to move forward daily—for your sake and the sake of your family and patients.