You may have noticed that I did not post a blog in January.
I read many blogs. The majority shared ideas on how to make new year resolutions stick. By now we know they do not stick and the reason— at least to me— is crystal clear…..it relates to a four letter word.
That word is spelled C-O-R-E By core I mean our center or what some will call the heart or spirit being.
The longer I study resources about preventing burnout, the more I notice lots of topics are covered, but the orphan seems to be discussions about our core.
All I am saying this time is “Restore the core”
When we pay diligent attention to our attitudes and our approach to life, we guard our hearts and out of that flows all other things—specifically our ability to adjust to the things that drain our energy and lead to burnout.
Not so long ago I read about an ancient Buddhist teacher, Shantideva, who taught that we must have the wisdom to discern between what we can control and what we do not control (My paraphrase of what he taught) It is clear that politically, economically, bureaucratically and in general we are facing change daily at an ever-increasing pace.
So how do we navigate that and avoid burnout?
Restore the core. Of course we are very unique and how we will accomplish that may vary from person to person.
My own method is simple: start the day with a spiritual practice.
Forget about religious dogma and focus on what unites us all as humans, instead of what divides us.
Certainly we can agree that truth can be debated, but when we see kindness we tend to all agree. So be kind to yourself and others.
When we start the day with compassion toward others and ourselves and thank our Creator for another day to serve as physicians we are well on our way to restoring the core.
The best way to beat burnout is to know how to set our sails, because complaining about the wind or hoping it will change is futile. All the many causes of burnout cannot be controlled.
Let’s start with what we can control.
Let’s have a unique plan that matches our own DNA. And let’s begin with the core. How we do that is how we set our sails and turn the winds of change in our favor.
Let’s start with what we can control. Let’s have a unique plan that matches our own DNA. And let’s begin with the core. How we do that is how we set our sails and turn the winds of change in our favor.
As always I am keen to hear and learn from anyone in our Moving Forward community.
So if you want to share how you restore the core…let us know.