The first month of 2019 is almost over. My 2018 festive season was spent being available for emergency cases at the two hospitals where I practice, and although I was kept busy during this time, at least the injuries were not too devastating and traumatic.

A wise professor advised me and my classmates to plan holidays first, and then plan my work around that. I have done exactly that and look forward to the leave time planned for this year. I have made provision for quality family time, several bucket list items and some more family time at the end of the year. 2019 will only be the second Christmas and New Year that I will not be on call since I started private practice in 2001.

For the past 18 years in private practice, we have always selected a theme for the year. That theme stands front and centre of my practice approach for the year, and the entire practice team supports the theme chosen. Our theme for 2019 is to LIVE WITH ENERGY, ENTHUSIASM AND EMPATHY.

A very dear patient forwarded a video clip to me, which you can view here. In it, 25 wisdoms to stay forever young are shared. The video plays with the background song of Cliff Richard, “The Young Ones”.

And while your resolutions for 2019 are still not totally forgotten, you might want to save these 25 wisdoms to live by daily – I certainly have:

  1. Exercise for 30 minutes each day.
  2. Drink 8 glasses of water each day.
  3. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
  4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  5. Live with 3 E’s – Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
  6. Make time for prayer and reflection.
  7. Play more games, practice yoga, avoid salt, don’t drink soda.
  8. Read more books.
  9. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  10. Sleep for 8 hours.
  11. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day and while you walk, smile.
  12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  13. Time heals everything.
  14. Don’t take yourself so seriously; no one else does.
  15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
  16. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  17. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
  18. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
  19. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  21. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
  22. Call your family often.
  23. Each day give something to others.
  24. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  25. Life isn’t fair, but it is still good. Enjoy life.