Playing the hand you are dealt

Anyone can win at poker when dealt a royal flush. But what can you do when the cards you are dealt don’t appear winning at all? My answer: Make the best of what you have.

Recently I learned of a colleague who sustained a broken back in an accident. He continues to work, wearing a brace and not taking pain medication. I know from watching his videos that he routinely handles the most complicated eye surgeries. Such cases are challenging to any seasoned ophthalmologist, without physical constraints and constant pain. This internationally renowned eye surgeon dubbed his constant pain “background noise.” How on earth has he maintained a positive attitude despite such a major setback?

His remarks provide us with much insight. He is grateful for the fact that he can still perform tasks required of his profession and skill set. He recognizes that many others deal with even more limiting conditions. Regarding such major limitations, it is all relative. But relative to what?

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