A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne
K. Young, Associate Editor.
Years ago I traveled to Boston to attend a 1-day meeting, to present
a seminar, and later to have dinner with old friends, who were also going
to the meeting. I got off the plane, looked through my briefcase for the meeting
schedule and the hotel's address, checked the date, and found that I had made
the wrong arrangements and arrived a day early. Panicked, I called my secretary
to see about going back for the day, then returning to Boston again on the
"right" day. She said, "How nice. You have the day to yourself." I telephoned
my wife, who said the same thing. I did have the whole day to myself—and
it was memorable. I rode the train to Cambridge, poked around bookstores and
quaint shops, had a coffee and scribbled thoughts on paper, then headed to
the hotel for dinner alone. I spent the day watching people—on trains,
in the squares and the streets, in restaurants. I spent the day thinking.
Frey III JJ. Time to Myself. JAMA. 2003;289(17):2185-2186. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2176