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Your energy is limited, spend it wisely

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. August 2, 2011

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Ten people could review the blog comments from the past few weeks and come away with at least as many interpretations. The overarching theme, in my view, comes down to two words — limitations and choices.

You can't do at 70 what you did at 50. You have a bucket of energy — or chi or karma — and you have to determine how you will dole it out. If all of your energy is given to work, obviously there will be nothing left to care for the people you love or to care for yourself. Add to that the reality that you never know when your time will run out. Let me explain.

Several months ago, a young college student was taken off of life support after having a ruptured intracranial aneurysm. A blister on a blood vessel within the brain ruptured, and there was no hope for improvement. The beloved pastor who gave the eulogy shared an important message.

He made it quite clear that if you go down the road of asking "why" and trying to apply reason and logic to a tragic event, you soon discover that it's a "dead end." In other words, there's no meaningful purpose to be derived from that exercise. It isn't worth the time or energy.

However, if you focus your energies on how to help yourself and those around you get through the tragedy, you've taken a productive step in the right direction. What other interpretations can we share from the senseless tragedies that threaten to overwhelm us each day?


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Aug. 02, 2011