IT IS IMPORTANT TO REGULARLY REVIEW OUR OWN, HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT, LIFE DECISIONS AND THEIR RESULTS. THEN, WE CAN DECIDE TO MAKING CHANGES, OR WE CAN RECOMMIT TO ACCEPTING OUR DECISIONS AND HOW THESE DECISIONS HAVE LED US TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY.

It is quite unsettling to review entrenched assumptions, decades-old decisions, accepted results, reasonable consequences and still want to make changes which probably will change the course of our lives. Even if we are open to such introspection, others who may become affected by our choices, may not understand, and may not be accepting. The mostContinue reading “IT IS IMPORTANT TO REGULARLY REVIEW OUR OWN, HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT, LIFE DECISIONS AND THEIR RESULTS. THEN, WE CAN DECIDE TO MAKING CHANGES, OR WE CAN RECOMMIT TO ACCEPTING OUR DECISIONS AND HOW THESE DECISIONS HAVE LED US TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY.”

ONCE WE ARE CONVINCED THAT IMPORTANT CHANGES NEED TO BE MADE IN OUR LIVES (OR WE ACTUALLY MAKE THESE CHANGES), OUR WORK IS NOT DONE. SINCE NONE OF US LIVE IN A VACUUM, WHAT MAY BE LEFT TO DO IS TO CONVINCE OTHERS TO: ALLOW THESE CHANGES, ACCEPT THESE CHANGES, SUPPORT US IN THESE CHANGES, OR AT LEAST NOT BLOCK OR CHALLENGE THESE CHANGES. OFTEN, OTHERS ARE NOT ON BOARD WITH OUR CHANGES, SO WE HAVE TO DECIDE IF WE ARE GOING TO SPEND TIME AND ENERGY CONVINCING THESE PEOPLE, OR IGNORING THESE PEOPLE.

What we often forget is that our changes force others to think about, or even expend energy on: understanding what is happening, supporting us, or even possibly needing to make their own changes. Charles Tadros, M.D. April 10, 2022 Saint Louis, Missouri

ON DEATH AND DYING

Sitting with, living with, or caring for someone for the last few weeks or months of life are the most revealing to what it really takes to provide good care and comfort for the terminally ill and the dying. Dropping in for a few minutes or FaceTiming the terminally ill or dying does not giveContinue reading “ON DEATH AND DYING”

TOO OFTEN, THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW YOU, LOVE YOU AND CARE ABOUT YOU, CANNOT STAND, AND WILL NOT ACCEPT, TO HEAR YOUR TRUTH, EVEN WHEN YOU TRY TO GARNER HONEST SUPPORT BY SHARING YOUR DISTRESSING AND UNPLEASANT TRUTHS/STORIES WITH THESE CARING PEOPLE.

Charles Tadros, M.D. October 19, 2021 Saint Louis, Missouri

THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF BEING ON THE RECEIVING END OF INTENTIONAL OR UNINTENTIONAL PAIN (physical, emotional, spiritual/existential, relationship, financial) IS THAT IT IS TRANSFORMATIONAL. OUR PAIN FORCES US TO THINK DIFFERENTLY, TO EMPATHIZE MORE READILY, AND TO PUSH US TOWARD EFFECTING AND ACCEPTING CHANGE.

Charles Tadros, M.D. September 19, 2021 Saint Louis, Missouri

FORGIVENESS IS NOT FORGETTING

Forgiveness is a conscious, purposeful, active, energy-consuming act. Forgiveness does not mean that you approve, support or forget. Forgiveness is an acceptance of a reality. Forgiveness is freeing…freeing for everyone involved. You do NOT have to forgive. It is your choice. Charles Tadros, M.D. March 31, 2021 Saint Louis, Missouri

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