Have You Ever Stopped To Wonder 'WHY?'
Earlier this week I had a conversation with a colleague of mine, whom I respect greatly. Throughout the time that I have known him, he has been a teacher, mentor, and friend to me. (I hope that I have been able to play the same role in his life too.) OK, back to the story… During our conversation we discussed a specific case at length. It seemed as though every time I mentioned some aspect of the MRI or physical exam findings, my friend would reply by asking me: “Why does it matter?” After going through the exercise (several times) I began to figure out what he was getting at. He was trying to get me to realize that as important as those findings may be, they are nowhere near as important as why the pain is there. When a patient comes in to the office are they more interested in determining exactly what is causing their pain OR are they more interested in figuring out why they feel that pain. Most people would rather know what they can do everyday to prevent the pain from coming back. Wouldn’t you?
Remember that this whole approach applies to just about every aspect of your life! Have you ever tried to figure out what your child is screaming about when they are throwing a temper tantrum? Step back for a second, and instead of trying to figure out what they are trying to tell you, and think about why they are acting that way. The same thing can apply if your spouse is mad at you. You can ask yourself what he or she is mad about, or you can look at the bigger picture and think about why that would make them mad!
It never hurts to look at the world from a different perspective!