“Be aware.

Aware of who you are.

Aware of your surroundings.

Aware so that you may understand how to act.”

TASK AT HAND: This week I’m thinking about awareness. What does it mean to be aware?

Take the simple picture above of an animal and their surroundings. Is there awareness of self, of season, of a hunter in the distance? Or is awareness less complicated and a function of assuming the emotion of the moment?

From my vantage point, awareness is “situational knowledge”; i.e., insight into an instance in time.

“Awareness is situational knowledge.”


There are 3 types of awareness needed for self-realization, understanding and the application of successful strategy.


First and foremost, you must be aware of yourself. What are your core beliefs? What are you in pursuit of? What mores and values do you ascribe to?

This is a non-negotiable aspect of awareness. You absolutely need to know this because this will function as the compass of your life. It will guide your actions through conflict, it will instruct your decisions when pondering questions, it will be your strategic Virgil as you navigate the circles of life.



Second, you must be aware of your surroundings. Without knowledge of the space you occupy, you risk disconnection from your environment. Your environment includes everything from physical objects, to geography, to people. Proper awareness of your surroundings will allow you to be considerate and conscientious of how you move through space. Your impact on relationships are very much a part of your environment. Lacking awareness of this fragments our bonds and hinders our ability to mature our contact with the world around us.



Finally, aware of concept relates to how we apply knowledge. For example, understanding a concept or piece of information and successfully applying it are two very different items. Many times, you will see examples of individuals having correct conceptual understanding but failing in application. These examples occur in personal relationships, business strategies, and political undertakings.

In my opinion, to take a concept, and then successfully apply it requires awareness. You need to be aware of yourself, your environment, and how the knowledge in questions must be applied. This is analogous to working “in context”. If you are out-of-tune or lack situational knowledge – if you lack awareness – I doubt you will be able to successfully apply a concept through application.


So, the call to action on today’s Sunday Surgical Scrub is seek awareness. Constantly evaluate the multi-dimensional matrix of awareness in the spheres of self, environment, and concept to best guide your actions and strategy.


MEDICINE & MACULA: Many thanks to Michael Brun for showcasing me in the Woodbury Bulletin. You can check out the article entitled, A cure for procrastination: Surgeon combines diverse background in decision-making framework, here.


GRATIS: “That’s the biggest gift I can give anybody: Wake up, be aware of who you are, what you’re doing and what you can do to prevent yourself from becoming ill.” -Maya Angelou


My best to you,

David Almeida

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