I don’t know where I got that quote from. Maybe I made it up one time that was a long time ago. And fulfilling my role as a father, that mantra is spoken to my boys often. For example, I find myself saying it when we’re looking for a particular shape and color of Lego in the Lego box. Or looking for the “threat” of a slimy piece of fat in the meat or a piece of vegetable in their otherwise perfectly delightful dinner plate. Or following a piece of leaf down the driveway as it rains making sure that the leaf doesn’t get stuck on a piece of grass or other driveway debris.
In saying, as a healthcare provider, I get to meet many people with many different problems and diagnoses that need help. And no matter their socioeconomic status, age, gender, or what part of town they’re coming from to see me, the common denominator in a patient’s journey is the patient himself/herself.
Do you ever wonder why all the doctors you have professional visits with and get treatments from always seem to talk to you and behave in ways in front of you that are the same? Or maybe some make you feel a certain way at the end of each session, some better than others? To be forward with you, the common denominator is likely you.
Charles Swindol wrote the following:
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church….a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.” –Charles Swindoll
So when you go see your doctor, do a quick self-check. If what you hear, see, and feel are not useful to you with what you want to get from your doctor, as yourself, “How is my attitude right now?”