I elected to have major surgery, but I was worried about the pain.
To manage my fear, I googled pain management.
- Breath deeply
- Focus on doing something fun or challenging after your recovery.
- Think about something in your mind's eye that brings you joy.
While on my last run for a while, the day before my surgery,
It was absolutely beautiful outside, with colorful Fall leaves falling.
So then I thought something must be missing in my preparation.
- We know we learn from pain.
- Pain gives us the wisdom to learn and grow.
- The pain trade is the tendency of markets to deliver the maximum amount of punishment to as many investors as possible.
- The pain trade can also be one of the best buying opportunities.
What opportunity is there from pain in surgery?
- control how we choose to look at things.
- choose what handle we grab in each situation.
- control the story we tell ourselves about it.
Thanks again to Ryan Holiday
At that moment, I decided that instead of thinking about the pain, I did the opposite.
I decided I was going to get excited about the surgery.
When we arrived at the hospital at 6am last Wednesday,
I started to develop a nice rapport with the nurse.
I bet no one asks her about herself.
Next came the Chaplin, who at first I was going to dismiss.
But then I noticed he was Jewish.
I told him I had just finished the book Man's Search for Meaning by #viktorfrankl
He recommended I read the book of another holocaust survivor -
a woman whose name, sadly, I can’t recall.
I asked him what do you talk to people about?
He helps them reframe their life if there is regret.
Next came my anesthesiologist.
We chatted about our kids, playing guitar, and that his brother is my colonoscopy Dr.
After my prep, I was back chatting with the nurse.
She asked what I do, and I told her.
She told me her ex-husband is a financial advisor.
Then she showed me his broker check. https://brokercheck.finra.org/
The guy has over 15 violations and consumer complaints with FINRA.
She told me thank goodness she divorced him.
A few hours later, I was coming to.
After I threw up, I was excited to share my experience and what I learned.
The power was all in my connections and the positive experience I had with the staff at Piedmont hospital.
Thursday, the day after my surgery, was pretty painful, not because of my surgery, I was on pain meds!!
But with inflation coming in hotter, but it turned out those who experienced the most pain were the ones who were short the market.
Someone like me.
This selfie is of me a few hours later after my surgery! I look pretty good, right?
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