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    5 reasons that prevent eyeMDs from being happier


    5) Health

    This brings us to a story of a wealthy client in Florida whom we visited many years ago for a financial review. This physician, in his mid-70s, was a very successful person. He asked us to join him in his recreation room and his garage.

    He showed us his fishing rods, his bike, his golf clubs, and then he turned to us and said: “I am going to give you the only wisdom that I have learned in life that matters,” he pointed out. “Although, I have learned it too late. See these wonderful toys I have to play with. Well, I can’t leave my house. I can’t ride my bike, golf, or fish. I never took care of my body and now I am a prisoner here after earning my retirement. Please, don’t do this to yourselves.”

    When you think about it, you have one body. Many physicians take better care of their cars, which they can replace at will. But you only have one body. We know firsthand how busy physicians are, but even 20 minutes a day, five days a week will reduce muscle atrophy and the aging process.

    Today, we have healthy clients traveling the world in their late 80s, exploring and enjoying life like they did when they were teenagers. We wish you all happiness and health that life has to give. We have seen firsthand that it is not about how much money you have or don’t have.

    Peter J. McDonnell, MD, chief medical editor of Ophthalmology Times, wrote an editorial in July entitled, “If you are so smart, why aren't you happy?”. Let’s not be too hard on ourselves. Let’s change the word happy to happier.

    Our quote is: “Those who are happiest in life, win!” You all deserve to win in life as you have spent your lives helping others to see and reduce suffering as your life’s work. We think happiness is a decision of sorts. So, we suggest: Choose to be happy

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