Some people cross your life and teach you things that serve you for a very long time.
I adore my family physician, Jo Jackson, MD. I’ve known her for a long time (since I worked in the Family Practice Residency at Swedish Medical Center during college) and she delivered my daughter. She’s intelligent, caring and offers amazing advice, health-related and otherwise. It’s a relationship I cherish.
I had an appointment with her recently; she was working with a 4th year medical resident. (The awesome Dr. Jackson also teaches residents and medical students and I don’t mind being part of a teaching moment if the appointment warrants.) As Adam The Resident was attending to me, Dr. Jackson updated my charts and I asked for her advice on staying upbeat during stressful times. “The best piece of advice I ever got was to do something new every day,” she counseled. “OK,” I replied. “But that may be pretty hard. I mean every day?”
“New experiences are good for you in so many ways,” she said, and then recounted a story.