I’m almost half way through my internship year as a first year medical doctor, and I’d like to use this post as a bit of reflection. If you’ve been following my blogposts since I started this job you’d see that I have been on an emotional rollercoaster from day one lol.
Currently rotating through surgery and although I’m not as emotionally stressed as I was in pediatrics (I will always give a special level of respect to pediatricians, could never be me however, I left that rotation practically emotionally-limp, I tend to get too Emotionally invested apparently), surgery isn’t a walk in the park either.
One thing I’ve definitely learnt is to accept that there are some things I can’t change. If someone I’m working with has temperamental issues, I won’t take anything said or done to me during one of those episodes to heart, because I’ve gotten to this new level of emotional intelligence where I don’t waste my energy on such. The Dr. Elizabeth Peters of pediatrics would have cried every week in surgery if I hadn’t gotten this understanding. 😂
Is it right that some people aren’t in control of their emotions and lash out at others? Of course not. But that doesn’t mean one should take on the abuse and allow it mess with their psyche, whilst the other person moves on with their day and even forgets all that was said and done. Waste of emotions. Not emotionally intelligent.
So the key to peace is finding a means of “understanding” the other person. Try to make excuses for the person no matter how impossible such excuses may seem – it’s for your peace’s sake, just let it pass.
Till next time,
Dr. ETP xo