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Challenging cases and New Orleans Saints 2019 NFC South Division Champions players signature shirt angry patients are occasions to shine. What doesn’t kill me only makes me stronger. Gratitude is a continuous choice. It’s the choice to smile when you’re tired, to be the optimist, to see the good in people, to listen to happy music, to think happy thoughts and to thank God for all things. I had a choice to make. Was I going to beg, whine, moan and complain like I did before? Or was I going to practice my new habit of gratitude in all things? I quickly realized this was a test; an opportunity to apply my new skill to a challenging situation. This morning I went to my other job as a pediatrician and smiled, laughed, told stories to the resident physicians-in-training and played with the babies. I called the secretary of the CEO who fired me and chatted for a minute about the chaos in her job, then I scheduled an afternoon meeting with the boss.