The meme in today’s message illustrates that there are often more answers out there than we take the time to learn about and that, contrary to the idea that there is always a BEST answer, there are a number of alternate methods to achieve the same result.
This can be applied to mathematical and scientific principals just as it is applied to Eastern and Western medicine and, disturbingly to some, religion and philosophy. Holding the humility to honor someone else’s opinion is core to all the major religions, we often call it the Golden Rule.
It’s okay to hold our beliefs dearly. It’s not okay to insist that everyone else believes the same. That is pretty hard to do when we talk about healthcare. That same stepfather literally smoked himself to death from complications with his diabetes and heart issues. I shrugged it off angrily as self-inflicted, and to a certain extent, it surely was. But he was also a product of his times--a Depression Era/Dust Bowl baby who survived WWII and then worked hard to make his own way in the world. The incredibly difficult conditions he grew up in conditioned him ruthlessly, and many of our patients today are the tail end of that same generation.
I know more now than I did then. When I come across this kind of personality, it is easier to see how these folks, some of them crusty and hardened by the years, came to deal with the hard knock of reality, and I thank God that I haven’t had nearly the experiences they had. I see now that they got to the same place you and I are going, just by a different route.
Know you are blessed,