A few weeks ago, I met a friend for lunch. He has been in healthcare for over 50 years and has seen the ups and downs of the healthcare system. I asked him how he remains optimistic when the system seems to be going backwards.

Here are his words of wisdom. “My focus is on pushing the good life to a better life. As we get older, by virtue of loss of function, injury accident, surgery, or insult, we need to work to regain our lives and ensure resilience. I keep my focus on maximizing and authenticating my existence. Everything else is secondary to that goal, and small incremental changes to achieve that goal make huge differences.”

He said this outlook keeps him going when working on projects. He gives the best suggestions that he can. If people listen, they learn. He they don’t take his advice, at least he plants the seeds for change. He said you never know when or with whom you will make an impact. We can only do the best we can.

These words comforted me in so many ways. Many of my recent cases, have left me feeling like I am not able to affect the changes needed to help my patients. It seems like the system is set up to keep people under the system’s control – not to help them move forward.

So many times, I feel powerless to make changes, and I know how the inadequacies hurt people who need help.

So I ask you the same question I asked my friend: how do you continue to be positive when the systems seem to be going backwards? I would love to hear your thoughts. Please put them in the comment section so we can learn from each other.

Thank you for reading this post.

Have a good week.

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