GRATITUDE – 10 Things to be Grateful for

18 Nov 2015

By Sarah B. Bryczkowski

Gratitude – To be grateful, give thanks, show appreciation. For those of you who don’t know, I am forever optimistic. I always hope for the best. Even when the fecal matter hits the ventilation system, I try to find a positive spin and learn something.

There are so many things to be grateful for, which makes it hard to summarize in a post that is short and sweet. In an effort to avoid becoming #tldr (too long, didn’t read), I’ve made a short list. I encourage everyone to take a moment and reflect on the things in your life that you are grateful for.

Getting to operate. It’s such an awesome privilege. For that I am grateful.
Relaxing on post-call days. Second only to the one day off in seven.
Ancillary staff. Because without them my job would be impossible.
Teachable moments. I love being able to teach patients, students and my children.
In-laws and parents. Because they somehow always know when I need a hug or a hand.
The Internet. Without it there would be no #SurgTweeting or #SurgSandwiches.
Uninterrupted sleep. Whether on call or at home.
Date nights and play dates.
Every single day.*Last but not least, I am grateful for relationships. Some days can be extraordinarily difficult. We have all had moments where we just want to throw in the towel and call it a day. It’s God, family, friends, colleagues, mentors, patients and even Twitter friends that make it all worth while.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading my little bit about gratitude. Please take a moment and share what you are grateful for on Twitter using the hashtag #SurgGratitude and #SurgPostIts.

You can find me on Twitter @SarahB_MD

To see the original post on my blog, follow this link: Sarah Bryczkowski MD

Sarah Bryczkowski is currently a general surgery resident
at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. She is an active clinical resident
after completing two years of clinical outcomes and education research. 

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