Is Gratitude the Secret to a Long Life? by @MLewisMDAuthor #gratitude #family #leadership

My mother, Beatrice Lewis, is 103 years old. She possesses a wide, generous smile, and easily shares her joy. She is comfortable in her own skin and people of all ages are drawn to her. On a regular basis, my mother states “I’m grateful that I can be grateful.” She understands that gratitude is necessary…

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The Importance of Great Mentors by @MLewisMDAuthor #mentors #life #LifeLessons

Throughout my life, I’ve been fortunate to have multiple mentors — enlightened teachers who taught me powerful lessons and changed my outlook. The first one was my speech and debate teacher in high school, Mollie Martin. As an educator, Mollie set high standards and was exceedingly demanding. Since we would travel by bus to distant…

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On the Importance of Friendship by @MLewisMDAuthor #friendship #friend #sports #life

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. – Ralph Waldo Emerson The Psychology of Friendship In 1938, Harvard University began what would become a groundbreaking study on what makes a healthy and happy life. Researchers tracked 268 Harvard sophomores throughout the years and eventually expanded the study to include their children, wives,…

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Performing Acts of Kindness without Expecting a Reward by @MLewisMDAuthor #kindness #humanity #medicine

Kindness In Action It started with a Croatian basketball player named Igor Perica. The 6-foot, 7-inch power forward had torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee and came to me for the reconstruction surgery. At the time, I was an orthopedic consultant for the Chicago Bulls, he was a stranger in a strange…

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The Right Decision isn’t Always Easy by @MLewisMDAuthor #decision #MichaelJordan #basketball

As you can imagine, it’s not easy having to make treatment decisions for athletes. Especially when it could affect the team’s entire season and especially when it’s NBA superstar Michael Jordan. May 25, 1998. The Eastern Conference Finals in Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana. In this series Michael “Air” Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were up…

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A Lesson in Handling Adversity with Bill Wennington via @MLewisAuthorMD #adversity #basketball #leadership

“When facing adversity, we should not ask, ‘Why me?’ but instead, ‘What am I supposed to learn from this?’” – Chip Conley What is Adversity? Merriam-Webster defines adversity as “a state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune.” Athletes are one group of people who experience this more often than the general population…

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Barcelona, Spain “The evidence indicates that woman is, on the whole, biologically superior to man.” —Ashley Montague (from my book One World: A View of Seven Continents)

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador “Barkis is willin’” (Barkis’s proposal of marriage to Peggoty in “David Copperfield”) —Charles Dickens (from my book One World: A View of Seven Continents)

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Did you know that the Namib desert stretches for 1,400 barren miles along the coast of southwest Africa and is the oldest desert in the world? Or that the highest dune in the area is 1,200 feet high? Learn more in the latest Round the World Trip Report

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