Balance Intensity with Levity: Polar
Plunging and the Wisdom of Einstein
New Years Day across the world thousands of brave, hearty, crazy,
normal, young, middle-aged, and elderly souls jumped into an icy-cold
body of water near their home. I
had the pleasure of witnessing this at my health club yesterday,
as folks had a good time, thumbing their nose at common sense and
taking a dip in the 50-degree outdoor pool.
made me think of how important it is to balance our intensity as
physicians---whether as managers, clinicians, entrepreneurs, parents
or spouses---with some levity. Our
intensity is often a sign of overworked intellect and rationality. Our
folly is that we believe that the analytical mind rules and is
responsible for our ultimate well-being and fulfillment.
real truth, however, is that our emotional, intuitive, and spiritual
self is the ultimate driver and arbiter of sound choices, clear
direction and a fully-experienced life. In
the thick of things, though, we rely too much on the analytical mind
and subsequently tend to “think too much,” “strive too hard,”
and “over analyze.” Fact
is, we could use a Polar Plunge more than once a year!
Wisdom of Einstein: 11
Quotes to Lift Your Spirits
annual Polar Plunge is a physically abrupt but effective way to shake
ourselves out of our mental groove ---if only temporarily.
is a suggestion for how to expand your intuitive perspective more
frequently---and with your clothes dry:
Read these 11 quotes from Albert
Einstein once a week to lift your spirits and set
your intuitive self free to explore the universe.
are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a
miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
one studies too zealously, one easily loses his pants."
you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.”
God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish."
secret to creativity is knowing how to hide
I had only known, I would have been a locksmith."
we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research,
is more important than knowledge.”
far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain;
as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality."
never think of the future. It comes soon enough."
A equals success, then the formula is _ A =
_ X + _ Y + _ Z. _ X is work. _ Y is play. _ Z is keep
your mouth shut.”
you were one of the few who participated in a Polar Plunge, I
acknowledge your willingness to break free of convention and
practicality. For those
of you who didn’t, perhaps there is another way for you to take a
mental break from the grind, the intensity and the practical. To
borrow from Einstein, personal and professional success does not hinge
on your knowledge, but rather, on your imagination.
R. Gaillour, MD
Advisor and Executive Coach for Healthcare Industry Leaders
- (206) 686-4205