Oh, you think I’m kidding? Well, I read it on a porta-potty wall in more than one porta-potty when I was down range in Iraq serving in the Army. That along with many other Chuck Norris facts. They were written everywhere. They must be true. Suffice to say, the reading momentarily took your mind off of being mortared for a brief moment and made going number two in full combat gear a joyful moment. But the article in reference here (Is Your Tolerance Tank Running on Empty?) written by our Master, is all about tolerance. I’ve written about tolerance before in a prior blog, but it seems fitting again to address it in the context of this article. Just as political tolerance seems scarce these days, so does tolerance and collegiality in healthcare among professions. This is most evident in the ongoing debate off “scope creep” of non-physician providers, which I have blogged about before and the “full practice authority” for non-physician providers which I have also blogged about. Express your opinion as a physician, and you’re subject to fierce vitriol, scorn, hate, doxing, and threats. But no matter what side of the debate you fall on, Chuck says you need to be mindful of resiliency and cognitive reserve to remain tolerant of our fellow humans. He writes “Resiliency is a word that often comes up when describing the American character and our ability to rebound from adversity.” But that recently the tolerance among us seems to be waning as resiliency reaches the outer limits. As we fatigue, out tolerance gives way, and we become intolerant of others especially when others have a different point of view. But Chuck writes:
“The good news is that, according to Harvard Health, research shows that the brain can change the way it operates and make added resources available to cope with challenges. Researchers began studying this phenomenon in the 1980s in an area of study called “cognitive reserve,” the brain’s ability to improvise and find alternate ways of getting a job done.”
Chuck also asks the question: “What can we do to build our cognitive reserve?” It has been shown that through proper exercise, efforts to reduce stress, following a healthy diet and other healthy lifestyle habits help build up the cognitive reserve. Things such as finding a sense of purpose have been shown to make people more inclined to stay active. And as such, tolerance improves. Don’t believe me, believe Chuck. And if you have a hard time believing Chuck, here are a few other facts that can add to his credibility:
- When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.
- When Chuck Norris does a push up, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down.
- Chuck Norris doesn’t wear a watch. He simply decides what time it is.
- Chuck Norris doesn’t read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.
- Chuck Norris sleeps with a night light. Not because Chuck Norris is afraid of the dark, but the dark is afraid of Chuck Norris.
- There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live.
- Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.
- Chuck Norris can kill two stones with one bird
- Time waits for no man. Unless that man is Chuck Norris.