Good morning SOTGC readers. This is a quote I heard one of the surgeons I work with say to a medical student (he later let me know that this is not his original quote). One of the things I love about my job is that I’m surrounded by intelligent and educated people that allow for constant learning opportunities. Today (this post was written last week) I was in a case with one of my doctors who was trying out my new product. Two medical students were observing the case and he was going over the pathology and his intraoperative plan. I always listen to these conversations, and if appropriate, will chime in with questions.
This particular surgeon specializes in oncology (cancer) and when one of the students asked about how he makes his decisions on when, what, and who to operate on the doctor explained a few scenarios, and ended with “always remember, biology beats technique.” In other words, no matter how superb your technique is, no matter how flawlessly the case goes, the biology will always win.
Now I sit here thinking about the upcoming holiday weekend, the things I need to accomplish, the plans I’ve already made and how I’m going to squeeze it all in. Add in the annoying fact that the restless feeling that I had finally gotten rid of a couple months ago, is suddenly back. The way I was able to get rid of it back then was to listen to what I knew I NEEDED to do deep down (take a solo vacation to sift through some thoughts I’d been having), and do it. Now that it’s back again I’ve decided to try and ignore it by stuffing my weekend full of work and family/social gatherings. Which means, come Monday, the restless feeling will still be there, simmering beneath the surface, and I’ll be exhausted from all the social events I managed to fill my time with. My blog will be full of pre-loaded posts I’d been able to write…but the listless feeling will grow and grow until I’m forced to deal with it…just like last time.
As I thought about what my doctor had said, and then recognize the upcoming opportunity that this long weekend presents …I had a bit of an “aha” moment. “No matter how superb your technique” (no matter how jam packed I make my weekend, which would allow for NO time for self-reflection because that can sometimes be a mildly uncomfortable process), “no matter how flawlessly the case goes” (let’s say my brilliant plan of “ignoring the issue at hand” works and I don’t take ANY time to sit quietly or take a hike and just work out what needs to be resolved), “biology beats technique” (the things that I KNOW I need to deal with will always have to be worked through. So even if I successfully avoid it this weekend…biology will always win…and I can either take the time NOW when I have it…or wait until the restless feeling wins and the choice on when I confront it is taken away from me).
So how about you? Is there an issue that is sitting in the back of your mind, that’s creating a feeling of unrest? Have you managed to ignore this feeling and refuse to deal with it when you know that to be able to move forward, it has to be resolved? If so, just remember, no matter how superb your technique on avoiding it, no matter how many times you successfully refuse to bring forth a resolution, biology beats technique.