The hardest thing you’ll ever have to do
in your life is set your priorities. If you do that
correctly, after that, nothing else no other choice, will be difficult because
if you’ve done it correctly, you’ve already made the choice. And I go back to
that simple conversation time and time again and I’ve given that lecture in
mentoring sessions time and time again. It’s all about what’s important to you.
Put it in your brain and live by it; and you’re the only person responsible
for you. You’re the only person that can make you happy; no one else can make you happy. So taking a timeout and time off is like a crisis management kind of thing, but I think the best approach is to actually
try to avoid crisis by being really realistic about your workload and what
you’re capable of doing. It’s very hard in our profession to say no. You have
to develop the capability of saying no at some point in light of your workload,
and really be realistic about how much you can achieve in a certain period of
time, so that you don’t actually get to the crisis management part. Their pain is not my pain to have, and sometimes whenever I’ve had a really rough day, or my patients that I’m close to aren’t doing well, you can still love and be compassionate to someone and feel them through there, but you don’t have to
absorb all their pain. Because it really isn’t my pain to have, it’s really their
situation that I have to help guide them through.