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“What do you do?” may be the most common follow-up question to “What is your name?” when meeting someone new. Perhaps our responses make for good small talk, but even in more sincere exchanges we talk about our professions as if they are an extension of our innermost identity.

For some, this may certainly be the case, as deeply connecting with your career can be wonderfully fulfilling. Yet, there is much more to us than just what we “do” for a paycheck. If you have been having a difficult time reconnecting with your identity outside of your 9-5, remind yourself that the following aspects also make you whole:

1. How you treat other people

My most strong worldview is that all of the problems we encounter in our communities boil down to how we treat others. Practicing compassion toward the people around us and even making boundaries with others so we are also being compassionate with ourselves, transcends the limitations of the walls of our workplace.

2. What you do to create happiness in your life

Perhaps working makes you happy. But, it’s probably not the only thing. What sets your soul afire? The things that excite us to the core or allow us to truly let go of the noise we encounter every day have an important role in our lives and in understanding ourselves.

3. What makes you laugh

There’s nothing like belly laughing with wild abandon. What triggers our giggle fits, the way we laugh and how often we embrace it speaks volumes about who we are. Especially if we are faced with serious situations day in and day out, reminding ourselves to partake in a carefree cackle is most highly important.

4. How you treat animals and nature

Mahatma Gandhi is credited with saying “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” This can be said about Mother Nature in general and individualized for our own self-reflection. What parts of the natural world do we revere? What actions do we take to make sure we are treating it well? These traits help us understand ourselves and our station as beings who share the Earth with others.

5. Your most important core values

What knee-jerk reactions do you feel when you hear about a wrongdoing? Is it dishonesty, selfishness or passing the buck that offends you to your core? Conversely, what actions do you admire—togetherness, personal responsibility, creativity? Deep down we each hold many values dear, which all help shape us to become the people we are today.

6. Your impact on the world

If your time were to come to an end tomorrow, what parts of your legacy would make you feel warm and fuzzy? Considering how we will be remembered can help us with Scrooge-level transformations of character, but it can also shine a light on our best qualities. Engage in the activities you feel most positively impact the world around you.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/6-things-that-define-you-more-than-your-work.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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