Tuesday, April 30, 2013
When we walk on a beach, we may leave footprints on the sand, but the next day--sometimes even the next hour--they're gone, swept clean by the tide. During my specialty training, my chief resident was fond of saying that if you think you're indispensable, stick your hand in a bucket of water and notice the hole it leaves when you take it out. That's an image I try to revisit from time to time, especially if I think I'm important. In the grand scheme of things, none of us are. Writers, scientists, humanitarians, politicians, athletes--what we contribute is just a part of the whole.
When I was playing baseball, we used to call this "reading your own press clippings." Have you ever been guilty of that? I must confess, I have. What did you do to counter it? What are your thoughts on the importance (or lack thereof) of an individual's achievements? I'd like to hear.
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