President's Perspective February 2021
Scott C. Nelson, DPM, FACFAS
“Knock on wood.” It seems so silly, right? Why do we say it?
You speak something into existence and then clarify it with a ‘knock on wood’
to avoid bad luck. Some like to pin it on a possible religious origination but
its most likely a pagan belief. One that believed trees had spirits in them and
by knocking you’re asking them for good luck. We’ve all done it, and it’s just
a simple way to recognize there are things beyond our control.
If there is one thing I can now say with more conviction is
that obstacles will be placed in front of you and you will have no control over
them. We can try to control the circumstances around them, but things will
continue to pop up in front of you. It is what makes life beautiful though.
Your obstacles MAKE your path. Does a hurdler complain about the hurdles or
does a cross country runner complain about the hills? No, because it is their
race and they are expected to attack them. They even expect to get better each
time they do it. That is the mentality we need to overcome our troubled
situations. Unfortunately, our mind has a distinct advantage over us. Fears,
insecurities and weaknesses need to be accepted and you need to commit to being
uncomfortable to get better. Make your mindset to quit the bad habit of making
self-limiting choices. We need as a profession to have the vision of a better
future and work over those obstacles to be successful. “Do not be afraid. Do
not settle for mediocrity. Put out your nets in the deep and let down your nets
for a catch,” as Pope Saint John Paul II said. That is the mentality we deserve
and it’s been great watching the College work with this mindset over the past
few years, which I expect us to continue in the future.
From my perspective the future of the College is bright.
Having been leading the charge this past year, I fully appreciate this is a
team effort. Without our hardworking staff of the College and administrative
direction by our executive director, we wouldn't be in the great position we
are in. The new members of the board of directors had to hit the ground running
and their new perspective and ideas have been awesome. Our established board
members had to take on new challenges as well and I appreciate their
flexibility in managing this and their own professional and personal lives. I
want to especially thank Immediate Past President Christopher Reeves, DPM, MS,
FACFAS for his ear this year. I will be excited to watch our new President
Thanh Dinh, DPM, FACFAS take control and lead our organization for the next
year. I am confident she will do a superb job with her great ideas and high
morals always keeping the College’s goals first. Our collection of leaders is
committed to giving you the best member benefits. As always, we are looking for
those motivated to help lead the College. However, motivation is not always the
answer because it’s temporary. We need you to convert your motivation to
commitment as our current leaders did when they started their journey.
As I reflect on my own personal journey with the College I
wish I could say it was all roses, but after this year that is impossible. I
could sit and sulk about all the bad things that occurred, but I would rather
beam about what we accomplished. Who knew we would be writing to the Senate/Congress/National
Governors Association or any of the dozens of other things we tackled as they
popped up. There have been so many good things that far outweigh any bad. I am
excited to see what develops over the next few years on current items we have
been working on and it will be fun to see it from a new perspective. I wish our
70th president the best of luck and know she will have an awesome year, but
just in case, ‘knock on wood’.