Sunday reads: Doing My Best Apparel and Robin Williams

I think livable wellness is about doing my best whenever and wherever I can.  It stands in defiance of the kind of striving you see all over Pinterest in the form of fitspo:

It is exhausting to think of every part of life as a competition against yourself.  So I don't.  I do my best and sometimes that is better than before and sometimes it isn't.  It's all ok.  This way of being is compatible with being interested in new personal bests, but it demands a shame-free approach to goal setting...and goal smashing.  

With that I've launched a small shop devoted to the idea of Doing My Best featuring tees, tanks, totes, posters and mugs.  I hope you enjoy. 

In my line of work, my best is all I have.  And in my broader community of practice - all physicians - our best is better every day but it is so often, no palpably, inadequate.  

Robin Williams in Patch Adams

Robin Williams in Patch Adams

In a letter published in the journal Neurology last week to all neurologists, neuropsychiatrists and neurosurgeons, Susan Schneider Williams, the widow of Robin Williams who died with severe Lewy Body Dementia asks for them to do their best:

This is where you come into the story.

Hopefully from this sharing of our experience you will be inspired to turn Robin’s suffering into something meaningful through your work and wisdom. It is my belief that when healing comes out of Robin’s experience, he will not have battled and died in vain. You are uniquely positioned to help with this.

I know you have accomplished much already in the areas of research and discovery toward cures in brain disease. And I am sure at times the progress has felt painfully slow. Do not give up. Trust that a cascade of cures and discovery is imminent in all areas of brain disease and you will be a part of making that happen.

If only Robin could have met you. He would have loved you—not just because he was a genius and enjoyed science and discovery, but because he would have found a lot of material within your work to use in entertaining his audiences, including the troops. In fact, the most repeat character role he played throughout his career was a doctor, albeit different forms of practice.

You and your work have ignited a spark within the region of my brain where curiosity and interest lie and within my heart where hope lives. I want to follow you. Not like a crazed fan, but like someone who knows you just might be the one who discovers the cure for LBD and other brain diseases.

Thank you for what you have done, and for what you are about to do.
— Susan Schneider Williams

Happy Thanksgiving.