Brandon shares his experiences before, during and after bypass surgery and how it has helped him put things in perspective.
You may have noticed that shortly after Brandon returned from his Summer hiatus that he disappeared from a few episodes without much mention. That is because in a matter of a couple of weeks he went from experiencing some annoying shoulder pain, to visiting a doctor for a routine check, then discovering he would need a stent in the near future.
Things came to an accelerated conclusion when a few days later that pain became more focused in his chest. A trip to the emergency room escalated into admission for observation and ultimately bypass surgery. It was a scary ride, and at the same time,we were all confident that he was in good hands.
Put Things in Perspective
Now that Brandon is discharged from the hospital, and as of this week cleared by his cardiologist, we are taking some time to gain insight into Brandon’s experiences with bypass surgery. We will also explore how you can live a life in perspective of what is most important without having to go through a crisis like this.
If there is one thing we have learned from this ordeal is that life is short, and it is delicate, and nothing can put it in perspective for us like a run with death. Fortunately, Brandon knowing his family history with heart disease caught the symptoms early and did not wait to be seen by a physician. Many people die from choking despite being surrounded by friends and family by going to a private place to choke alone. How crazy is that to be killed by pride? Help is right in front of us, yet we don’t ask for it when our lives depend on it! This was no different, except Brandon sought help and received timely interventions before ever suffering from an actual heart attack. That is the beauty of the situation when you put it in perspective. He did not suffer from a heart attack; therefore, he gets all the benefits of a bypass surgery without the lingering damage that comes from a heart attack.
What is Your Perspective in Life?
Give yourself some time to reflect after listening to this episode of Beyond the Rut, and consider what is your perspective in life?
With your relationships, determine who is most important to have alongside you. These are the people you have either married, maybe they are your children or step-children or even adopted/foster children. These are also the people who stood by your side during a crisis while others went on their merry way or betrayed you.
There was a woman who shared with us a time she had to go to the hospital for an appendectomy. Her husband told her that she needed to find her own ride home since he had work to do at the office. Would you say he has life in perspective?
Americans are known for taking pride in working for long stretches without a vacation. We are fascinated by being busy. Many of us leave our paid-time-off benefits on the table or hope to cash them in when it is time to leave the organization. We are trading in rest and renewal for burnout. When you put things in perspective, you realize that you need to take care of yourself so that you can bring your best self to the work you do.
Let us know in the comments section below how you have put things in perspective either after a crisis of your own or have seen someone else go through one.
Resources and Links
Wikipedia Entry for Crete. This is mainly here for Brandon and Jerry who seem to think that Crete is its own sovereign nation.
Former VP of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Dan Cockerell, shares his life in perspective as he made a career shift from executive to keynote speaker and consultant. Click here for Episode 147 of BtR.
Mary Shores shared that how we speak to ourselves and into our dreams says a lot about our perspective of ourselves. Click here to listen to Mary Shores’ interview on Beyond the Rut.
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