Why Don’t I Feel Better–Part 2–by Dr. Michael Bell

My last blog about not feeling better and wondering why has brought a number of helpful responses. One in particular, that I have permission to share, struck me as being so very relevant and perceptive.

I share it now from a friend, Dr. Michael Bell. Mike is a medical doctor who leads a medical clinic in Nashville. A pathologist by practice over these many years, he now has less time to fly-fish in Colorado, where I met him.

But, honestly, less time is on my watch also. In any case, Mike is so very wise and responsible and never waves integrity aside. If he’s as competent and helping in his medicine work as he is fly-casting. Oh, my, what value he brings when healing is necessary.

Here are his comments…which also inquires how each of you takes this…any reasons why you’re not feeling better? Lemme know.

“Hi Mark,

As I have mentioned to you in the past, I read your blogs every day. I really should get back to you more often; my bad. But today’s blog really hit a cord because I had the same conversation with my office manager yesterday. Why are people not feeling better?

Indeed, why aren’t people feeling better? As I was growing up, people felt lousy when the economy was cycling down. But people really picked up their spirits when the economy rebounded. It has not happened this time. Our economy is growing. Here in Nashville, the unemployment rate is 2.7% which is almost unheard of. And yet, people are short-tempered and antagonistic. Our medical clinics see 800 patients a week and the incidence of psychosomatic diseases seems to have sky-rocketed. My staff outwardly grumble about their younger kids not getting the education they need, and their older kids still living at home; plus, a zillion other grumbles about other things. I have a staff of 50 and have always considered my office a microcosm of what is out there.

I don’t have an answer. There are probably multiple answers. But the problem of not feeling better seems to be more of a problem than I remember at any time in my life. I am glad I love God and trust in him. He gives me the sense of living and loving every day (although some days can be a real bitch, and I do let Him know), for which I am thankful beyond words.

Thank you for your blogs. They are awesome!!


PS. I pray you feel better 😉
PPS. Don’t know if you have ever come across this before, perhaps I am plagiarizing someone, but I have come up with 4 “H”s to live by: Honesty, humor, hard work, Holy Spirit. M


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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