The following is an excerpt from our monthly newsletter on all things related to our clinic from Dr Goldberg on the importance of being happy with who you are.
In a world where we are inundated on a daily basis by media and people around us who are quick to point out or flaws and weaknesses, I would like to take this month to remind everybody of their strengths and of the beauty that we all possess just as we are.
It is a human trait to often focus on negative things, and this seems to be fed by society around us. For a moment, I’d like you to sit back and think about your best features and the things you like most about yourself. This isn’t just about your physical appearance, but also about your personality characteristics, and how you relate to other people. Think about the best parts of each aspect of yourself, and take time to consider the strengths that you have.
…I genuinely feel that people need to reflect on their positive qualities and take strength in that, rather than focusing on the negative
For this month I don’t want to highlight negative things or things to be fixed, but rather I’d like to remind everybody that you’re beautiful just as you are, and there’s really no need to change yourself simply because of the perception of society around you. In the end the most important thing is that we are satisfied with ourselves as we are.
I sometimes wonder about the role that I play, with my profession and my colleagues, in shaping society and what people think of themselves. I’d like to think that rather than encouraging people to feel negatively about themselves, that instead I make myself available to help people address concerns that they have. Having said this, I genuinely feel that people need to reflect on their positive qualities and take strength in that, rather than focusing on the negative. If there is ever anything that I can do within my profession to help people feel better about themselves, I’m pleased to do this. However, I also think it’s important and incumbent on those of us who work within this profession to remind people to be happy with themselves as they are and to consider addressing physical concerns only as a last resort.
For this month, I’d like to tell you that you’re pretty awesome just the way you are.
Dr. Cory S. Goldberg
BSc MD MASC FRCS(C) FACS