like the fall of a gavel
and truth shines clear
with the turn of a year
An ode to a friend
this greeting I send
is simply to say
Can any of you tell me why we put so much faith in our doctors?
These are the same doctors who tell us that to diagnose a gluten intolerance, you should eat gluten and see if it hurts.
These are the same doctors who tell us that we're overweight and need to exercise, and that's why our legs hurt to the point of not being able to walk. For 3 years.
These are the same doctors who tell us that heart episodes are a mental thing and say we need to take tranquilizers.
These are the same doctors who told a friend in PA that even though she has appendicitis, she should let it go for the weekend and see if it goes away. Then, over the weekend, when she continually calls because the pain is worse, she's told to wait until Monday.
Praise Jeebus that wikipedia and merck.com have good information on diagnosing how bad the appendicitis is, I was able to convince her that she needed to go to the emergency room as soon as possible, and she's on the way there now.
Seriously though, why do we put any trust in these people any more? Do they learn ANYTHING in those 6 years of additional schooling? Three of the above examples are fairly common things!
I really don't know how I'm going to put much stock in what a primary care doctor has to say any more. I know if I need to go to the hospital, and I am beginning to think that that's the only time I'll bother.
You can only control two things: Attitude and pace.
The weather, other people, what's on tv, and everything else, you cannot control.
Go a bit slower if you need to, there will be plenty of time to catch up. Take a break from the rest of the world and get something done that's been nagging at you.
Stride ahead of the rest, and be sure you finish with all the glory you deserve. The world is ripe for the picking, and it's not going to become yours all by itself.
Everything about you, from the way you dress to the actions you take are a reflection of your attitude. Emotion plays an almost insignificant part in attitude. You have 100% control of your attitude, some just need to learn how.
These are the only things in life you can control. Everything else is out of your power.
So take a break. Have a nice warm mug of hot chocolate. Because you can. Sip it and realize that the world can move as fast as it wants around you. Let it.
Because for this moment, the veil is lifted and you can see that nobody controls you but yourself.
Attitude and Pace.
I've started rereading some books. Starting with Ender's Game. The next one I go to will be Xenocide, by far my favorite of the series.
To be honest, they are really the only two which stand out. They are truely above the rest of the series, not only in literary style, but in the entire universe they construct, right down to the most basic physical aspects.
Very few books left an impression on me when I was growing up. Some short stories did. I read the entire Narnia series, yet retained nothing from it because most of it was used material. A short story read to me in 4th grade, however, remains vivid in my mind, a story about a boat with the name "EMIT LEVART" carved into it.
Most of my reading is grounded in philosophy, physics, and science.
What's your choice of genre? What stories leave their mark and why? What books do you want to go back and read again, knowing that you'll taqke more from them this time than you have previously?
If you're not careful, you're going to catch something.