FOR ALL MY HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, I WORE A SIZE 10 1/2 SHOE. THESE SHOES WOULD PINCH AND HURT FOR A FEW MONTHS, UNTIL THE SHOES STRETCHED. AT 26 YEARS OLD, SOMEHOW, I FINALLY BROKE OUT OF THE MINDSET OF HAVING TO SUFFER FOR MONTHS AFTER EACH PURCHASE. I FOUND MY TRUE, OUT OF THE BOX COMFORTABLE SHOE SIZE WAS 12 1/2. THIS IS THE SHOE SIZE I HAVE WORN FOR THE 32 YEARS SINCE MY REVELATION.

What blinders do we have on? What unnecessary pains do we complacently accept? What comfortable (and comforting) facts and paradigms do we accept in our lives, for years at a time, despite our pains, without question or attempt to find different, if not better, options and opportunities? What do we know about what we don’tContinue reading “FOR ALL MY HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, I WORE A SIZE 10 1/2 SHOE. THESE SHOES WOULD PINCH AND HURT FOR A FEW MONTHS, UNTIL THE SHOES STRETCHED. AT 26 YEARS OLD, SOMEHOW, I FINALLY BROKE OUT OF THE MINDSET OF HAVING TO SUFFER FOR MONTHS AFTER EACH PURCHASE. I FOUND MY TRUE, OUT OF THE BOX COMFORTABLE SHOE SIZE WAS 12 1/2. THIS IS THE SHOE SIZE I HAVE WORN FOR THE 32 YEARS SINCE MY REVELATION.”

ONE OF THE TECHNIQUES, WHEN TRYING TO WIN AN ARGUMENT, RATHER THAN REACH CONSENSUS, IS NOT TO AGREE TO ANY OF THE ASSUMPTIONS, STATEMENTS, OR EVEN TO THE PHRASING OF QUESTIONS POSED BY THE OTHER SIDE. THE CONCERN IS THAT IF ONE PERSON CONCEDES TO A WELL-MADE POINT, OR TO A REASONABLE ASSUMPTION, THEN THE OTHER SIDE CAN BUILD THEIR CASE ON THAT CONCESSION, OR THAT AGREEMENT.

Charles Tadros, M.D. September 15, 2021 Saint Louis, Missouri

IF YOUR THOUGHTS ARE RACING IN ONE, ANGRY, FRUSTRATED, INSENSED, AND HURT DIRECTION, PLEASE DO NOT ACT ON THESE THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS JUST YET. QUESTION YOURSELF…WHERE DID ALL OF THIS ANGER AND FRUSTRATION ORIGINATE? ASK OTHERS, WHO HAVE ANNOYED YOU OR INSULTED YOU (as opposed to making direct or accusatory statements) ABOUT THEIR INTENTIONS AND MOTIVATIONS.

Charles Tadros, M.D. September 29, 2021 Saint Louis, Missouri

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