the fights that need fighting…
At 38 years old, I’m pretty mellow compared to 10 or 15 years ago. Things that used to rattle my cage don’t anymore, and compartmentalizing the negative input of others is a valuable skill I’ve learned to manage, dare I say, well. The cynic in me would have you believe that I’ve just finely tuned my apathetic side, but in a moment of deep introspection, I’d contend that maturity has helped to identify the aspects of life that are worth my energy from those that simply aren’t. Nowadays, short of impending personal harm or a threat against my children, my reactions to others are usually pretty benign.
In response to a recent post, I received an email from someone who will not be identified (beyond saying they clearly are anti-VT) claiming that VT is an unproven science whose deliverers rely on false statistics and exaggerated results, our doctors are a bunch of phonies catering to crybabies, and if we were more than just a “hoax of a treatment” Western Medicine would have adopted our methods long ago. The email concluded with some well placed and colorful expletives about my personal life and writing style.
As much as I am tempted to respond with a picture of my best one-fingered salute, or perhaps an expletive laced email of my own, I’ve refrained. In fact, I’ve decided that dignifying such nonsense is not only not worth my time, it would require effort that is better spent in more positive arenas. There will be no response.
What these nefarious detractors don’t realize though is that their negativity only motivates me to fight harder, to write more, to continue to showcase the wonderful doctors, therapists, and patients that make up Developmental Optometry, and to improve myself and those around me so all Vision Therapy patients worldwide will have their lives improved. For me, that is the fight that needs fighting.
Happy Monday! 😉