Day 30: Love your work

Someone said that the secret to happiness is not in doing what you love, but in loving what you do. As doctors, we are in such privileged positions. We get to practice our art and help others along the way. As medical students, we fell in love with medicine. But as we grew up in medicine, we get lost in the busyness, stresses and demands which are inevitable parts of a career. We get hypnotised by the temptation of money and fame. Along the way, we lost our love of medicine. We lost the reasons why we entered medicine in the first place. We lost the child-like awe and excitement that used to greet our days at the hospitals. We lost the inquisitive curiosity that used to fill our minds. We lost the love of medicine. No wonder many of us become quite sad, grumpy, cynical old doctors.

If there is one challenge in this whole 31 Days to Better Doctoring Challenge that I hope every doctor would do, it would be this: The challenge to love your work. The challenge to fall in love with medicine and surgery all over again. The challenge to infuse more enthusiasm and love into everything we do. The challenge to love what we do. I could almost guarantee that the more you love your work, the happier you would be and the better your work would be.

So today, I challenge you to fall in love all over again with your work.