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 THEY STRETCHED. AT 23 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 35 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 we don’t knowContinue 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 THEY STRETCHED. AT 23 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 35 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

WE HAVE TO BE HONEST WITH OURSELVES… FOR MANY OF THE QUESTIONS THAT WE VOICE, WE ALREADY KNOW WHAT ANSWER WE WANT TO/HOPE TO HEAR, WHAT ANSWER WE NEED TO HEAR, OR WE CAN REASONABLY PREDICT WHAT AN ANSWER WILL BE.

Charles Tadros, M.D. September 24, 2021 Saint Louis, Missouri