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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Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia “The poetry of earth is never dead.” —John Keats (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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Did you know that the Galapagos Islands are the peaks of volcanoes that built up vast accumulations of lava from the floor of the ocean? Or that they are a mere four to five million years old? Learn more in the latest Round the World Trip Report

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Madagascar… the oldest island in the world. While you may have heard of lemurs, did you know that Madagascar is the only place they are found and that there are over fifty species? Learn more in the latest Round the World Trip Report

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During my childhood years, in the afternoon after school, I would go from house to house, rouse friends, and we would play our own variations of baseball, football, and cowboys and Indians. This typically took place in our front yards and in the street. In retrospect, I am not certain how much our neighbors appreciated…

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