An anchor, a tether, a life line and a way back to yourself
All doctors - everyone who sees patients for a living - need a solid anchor.
If / when you fall in, you can pull yourself back to shore hand over hand, make it to dry land and catch your breath.
The conversation about physician burnout is often dominated by the term RESILIENCE. We doctors need to be tougher, more elastic, stop complaining.
I ran into an alternate way of looking at this issue via a blog post by Brenda Osieyo
Here is the quote that inspired her and me; about maintaining an anchor and a way back to yourself now that you have chosen the Lightworker's Path - working with sick, hurting, scared, dying patients and their families.