Best Health: Different lens, Different point of view

By July 24, 2012Uncategorized

 

This first blog begins to set the stage. “Best health”. How will we recognize best health? For individuals, could it be love, peace of mind, a cure, ability to complete activities of daily living, or freedom from dis-ease? For organizations, could it be making a profit, growing volume, high overall satisfaction or NetPromoter score? 

Just like anything with the human condition, best health isn’t static. Best health has constant variation. At one point in my life working for a landscaping company, I had the task of completing the final hand raking of top soil for a brand new 2 acre rolling lawn. Took 20 hours. With the lens of that solitary monotonous gig I learned that there is no up without a down. Every depression had a corresponding rise. Zen for the 20 year old! Best implies less than best, always together.

While in nursing school, as a rehab aide, I was going down the hall with a 18 year old quadriplegic from a gunshot wound to the neck learning to maneuver his wheelchair with his mouth. Coming the other way was a 50 year old man suffering from a debilitating stroke, learning to locomote his wheelchair with his left hand and foot. Behind the drooling, slouching, struggling man was his beautiful 20 something wife dressed to the hilt looking completely disgusted. Out of the corner of his mouth my young patient muttered, “glad I’m not him.” It’s all relative. 

Different lens, different point of view. Attaining best health means figuring out the unique goal of the person or organization and working toward that goal collaboratively.

I invite you tell your story.
Danny

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  • Betsy Swift says:

    You have a gift for storytelling and making connections, Danny – I love it! Thanks for tuning me in & I will be a follower & probably a sharer of your blog – congrats & say hi to the family!

  • KathyPooler says:

    Congratulations Danny on your great new blog! Will spread the word via social media. You have a very important message for all of us about the importance of sharing our stories and keeping a positive attitude. Hope you’ll get on Twitter and Google+to extend your reach. Good stuff worthy of sharing 🙂

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