Love Is The Strongest Medicine: Notes from a Cancer Doctor on Connection, Creativity, and Compassion

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

Feeling Overwhelmed?

I do!

You probably feel overwhelmed too.

If you're not, you're the exception.

The only way through the overwhelm that's helped me is to embrace the overwhelm.

Resisting overwhelm leads to persisting overwhelm.

How do I embrace overwhelm?

Since I've never seen anything like this, I've had to invent new ways of being.

Being leads to doing leads to having.

Step one.

Be: Antifragile.

From Nassim Taleb's Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder:

"There is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile. Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better. This property is behind everything that has changed with time: evolution, culture, ideas, revolutions, political systems, technological innovation, cultural and economic success, corporate survival, good recipes, the rise of cities, cultures, legal systems, equatorial forests, bacterial resistance … even our own existence as a species on this planet."

We're all in unchartered territory.

You can be better for having gone through this.

Do: The generous thing. The creative thing. The out-of-the-box thing to help someone else.

The most important thing is to connect.

Call. Write. FaceTime.

Have: Overwhelmingly positive 'socially distant' connectedness.

Make your words spread calmness.

Make them spread kindness.

Make them spread generous-heartedness.

Make them spread compassion.

The more loving-kindness-based connection you have, the less overwhelmed you'll be.


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