Your energy is limited, spend it wiselyBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-management/MY01830
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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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Your energy is limited, spend it wisely
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
Ten people could review the blog comments from the past few weeks and come away with at least as many interpretations. The overarching theme, in my view, comes down to two words — limitations and choices.
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You can't do at 70 what you did at 50. You have a bucket of energy — or chi or karma — and you have to determine how you will dole it out. If all of your energy is given to work, obviously there will be nothing left to care for the people you love or to care for yourself. Add to that the reality that you never know when your time will run out. Let me explain.
Several months ago, a young college student was taken off of life support after having a ruptured intracranial aneurysm. A blister on a blood vessel within the brain ruptured, and there was no hope for improvement. The beloved pastor who gave the eulogy shared an important message.
He made it quite clear that if you go down the road of asking "why" and trying to apply reason and logic to a tragic event, you soon discover that it's a "dead end." In other words, there's no meaningful purpose to be derived from that exercise. It isn't worth the time or energy.
However, if you focus your energies on how to help yourself and those around you get through the tragedy, you've taken a productive step in the right direction. What other interpretations can we share from the senseless tragedies that threaten to overwhelm us each day?blog index