Best Case Scenarioby Megan on Friday, July 18, 2008 19:02
Here is some food for thought for those heading in to or pondering “elective surgery.” Instead of pondering and dwelling on what are all the possible complications of surgery, why not consider what is the BEST CASE SCENARIO? Why do we always see the “worst case scenario” and why was it a revelation to me that seeing life from what is the BEST CASE SCENARIO would really make a lot less anguish in life.
My Mom is having surgery on her eye for glaucoma, and she is currently in a state of fear. All she can say is “what if the surgery goes wrong and I lose sight in my eye?” A rightful fear, for sure – however, I never hear her say, “80% of this surgery works and removes the pressure from the eye and can solve the problem.” Right now she is so involved with fear that she can not see BEST CASE SCENARIO, she will only see worst case scenario.
I just know that when we were coping with Mark going into to surgery we spent so much energy (as in years) dwelling on what could go wrong, and almost refusing to see what could go right. As you know, his outcome has been all the scenario of “what could go right” so we wasted spent so much energy worrying about what could go wrong. Of course, I know in retrospect so much easier now to say to you “See best case scenario” – but seriously, don’t forget to see your “best case scenario options“.
Awareness of impermanence is encouraged, so that when it is coupled with our appreciation of the enormous potential of our human existence, it will give us a sense of urgency that I must use every precious moment” – The 14th Dalai Lama
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