Lighten your soul: Let go of past failuresBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-blog/MY01283
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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.read biographyclose window
Edward T. Creagan, M.D.Edward Creagan, M.D.
"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
"We the team of (the website) provide reliable, easy-to-understand health and wellness information so that each of us can have productive, meaningful lives," he says.
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Lighten your soul: Let go of past failures
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
There's something therapeutic about throwing out old stuff. Whether it's household utensils that we don't use or clothes that we no longer wear, it just feels good to unburden ourselves of things that tie us down or hold us back.
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On a recent rainy spring day, I was sifting through files that I hadn't opened in many years. I came across a folder from the year 2000 involving a project that fizzled. A number of well-meaning people, including myself, devoted enormous energies to this particular program, but the timing was not right and the program was dissolved. As I reflected on that experience, I felt disappointment and frustration that so much effort was spent by so many people. What a waste. Or was it?
Only by looking at our so-called failures can we really learn and grow. In this case, the lesson was real clear: If we embark on a new journey or undertake a challenging task and find we're not making headway, we need to be willing to step back and reassess. If we're just running around in circles, we're well advised to close the chapter and save our energy and focus for another day.
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