Martin’s Meditations

Values trump goals

For as long as I can remember, I have had goals. At the end of a goal (successful or not) the question is always the same: What now? For a long time, the answer was another goal. This has been a treadmill to nowhere. When I started asking the question of where do the goals … Continue reading Values trump goals

Remember Martin: Fight for understanding not the win.

Wining is overrated. Sumner Redstone died yesterday. The media called him a “fighter”. He said himself, “I like to win.” He won over $4B for himself. All that fighting and winning: still dead. Yesterday I crushed the hillclimb on my bike ride and “won” the leader board. I felt elated by the win! Coming in … Continue reading Remember Martin: Fight for understanding not the win.

Glossary: Idiopathic

This one totally tilts the Gunning – Fox index. Medicine is full of big words for simple concepts. In this case “we have no fucking idea.” An “idiopathic” disease is any disease with an unknown cause or mechanism of apparent spontaneous origin. The Greek roots are “idios”, or “ones’ own” and “pathos”, or “suffering”. Basically … Continue reading Glossary: Idiopathic

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