Confidence and Humility Go Together

Here is the good and the bad news.  There will always be something we can do better.

The Bible has a group of books called, the books of prophets.  Two of these are Hosea and Amos, named after the men who are narrating them, i.e. the prophets.  They say,

1.  You have a problem
2.  Recognize Me (God)
3.  Come after Me (God)

Amos talks about a roaring lion that is about to consume us.  Apparently sometimes it is not easy to get our attention and it calls for A Roaring-Lion-Intervention.

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In the culture of the practice of medicine, the physician is expected to know what is going on including anything and everything that can possibly go wrong involved in the treatment offered.  When things do go wrong, what is worse, knowing it was going to happen or not knowing?  Things will always go wrong.

Roaring Lion

Roaring Lion (Photo credit: Martin_Heigan)

It is what it is that a physician finds herself in the position to work with confidence and direction, knowing that she will be wrong.  Does she need a prophet to tell her?  A lion to roar?  Stop!  Look out!  You have a problem! Well if the Israelites needed it, we can sure as not know that she will too.

Sometimes patients get upset at their treatment and roar on behalf of insight and common sense to their practitioner.

We in medicine, on either side of the white coat, will find it is most friendly to know we, (patient: physician: patient: physician…,) have a problem.  We need to know that we are not God and recognize Who is.  Then know that going on humbly does not mean without courage and confidence.  Who ever faced a roaring lion without?

Question:  Have you heard a lion roaring?  How do you grasp confidence and humility simultaneously?  Please tell us your story.

Self-Care Tip:  Go into practice and treatment with confidence and humility.  Be a friend to yourself.