News Flash: Retiree Fooling Around With Painted Ladies

As many of you know, I’m adjusting to phased retirement. It’s reminding me of Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Program I took about nine years ago. It was a time when I was negotiating a major change in life. It was focused on work.  I now have a new perspective on Covey’s Time Matrix:

I got a message from a colleague asking me what I thought about the decision by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) recently to make changes in their Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. The biggest change is a proposal to offer an alternative to the recertification examination, similar to the proposal by The American Board of Pediatrics.

The ABPN alternative will offer a choice to complete repeated self-assessment activities based on specific literature references selected by a committee of peer diplomates.

I suspect the ABPN will charge just as much for it as the recertification examination. I’m not impressed and do not plan to participate, which my personal Time Matrix indicates.

I’m not as focused on work right now. As a psychiatric consultant, I spend a lot of time in Quadrant I; that is, in activities that are both urgent and important.

What I’m faced with now is learning how to be more comfortable spending time in Quadrant II.

My wife, Sena, says I’llbe doing more of the cooking. I hope she likes pot pies or beans and fried sway-back nematodes. They’re an acquired taste.

I’m not a gardener, but I like what Sena does in the garden. I get curious about what I see out there, such as what kind of butterflies are swarming around our Hyssop.

I just learned that Hyssop is one of those plants with some medicinal properties. It also smells like licorice. At least that’s what Sena says. Around this time of year, I tend to sneeze at anything that even looks like it might be ragweed, no matter what color it is. So I’m not about to take a snort of anything that might pollinate.

Anyhow, I’m not a naturalist by any stretch. But I think the butterflies after the Hyssop are probably Painted Ladies, not Cloaks. See what you think.

2 thoughts on “News Flash: Retiree Fooling Around With Painted Ladies

  1. Jim – You have MOC in precisely placed. Your table also highlights in one diagram just how annoying some of these arbitrary activities are. I think that you could really load up quadrant IV if you had enough space.



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  2. I just got a tweet from Dr. Brian Brennan, MD (who happens to be an allergist) that Senator Chuck Grassley tweeted a photo of his own Naked Ladies from his garden! They’re flowers–Amaryllis Belladonna!


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