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    Overcoming our fear of change


    The views expressed here belong to the author. They do not necessarily represent the views of Optometry Times or UBM Medica.

    The dictionary defines fear as an unwelcome emotion caused by a perceived threat that something is dangerous or may cause us harm or pain.

    A fear of some things is necessary and drilled into us at an early age lest we hurt ourselves, like a hot stove. We all have fears, whether they are of actual threats like venomous snakes (my biggest) or perceived threats like, oh, a zombie apocalypse. We are all human with more than our fair share of phobias and fears.

    My fears have changed over the years. When I was younger, my greatest fear was dying before my children were grown. Now my fear is of slowly dying.

    Previously from Dr. Bowling: Delaying the inevitable

    I’m sure we have professional fears as well. Some fear losing their jobs. Some may fear their boss. I'm sure if we dwelt on the myriad threats facing optometry, we could become paranoid rather quickly. One of the biggest I hear is a fear of stepping out on your own—the fear of leaving a comfortable job with a nice salary and a well-established routine and going to another practice or of opening cold. These of course are normal.

    Ernie Bowling, OD, MS, FAAO
    Dr. Ernie Bowling is Chief Optometric Editor of Optometry Times. He received his Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science in ...


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