Thursday, February 25, 2010

Health Care

54°F. Winds calm. With humidity hovering near 83%. breathing is easy .

There is a Health Care Summit in Washington D.C.. Like everything else, it will reap what is sown. So far as I have surveyed, most of what has been sown is condescension and ill-will. Not much , "Seek first to understand. Then be understood."

Perhaps today that will change, but I'm not holding my breath. Not while there is so much I can do which is productive. To follow the lead of theologian Reinhold Neibuhr who prayed,

"God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference."

Today is a perfect day to be in the garden. To enjoy the exercise, aroma therapy, the sensory uplifting component of good health.

Of course, as a hausfrau philosopher, if President Obama, my Congressman Gary Miller, or other leader were to ask my advice, this is what I would say,

1. Do no harm. Unless you think you are smarter than Hippocrates, don't mess with the first tenant of medical professionals.

2. Worry less about being smart and more about being wise. Even men known for being smart are better remembered for being wise.

3. Focus. In all the proposals blooming: there are too many idea seeds in the hopper. You can't tell which is going to take over. In my experience- that means in the end what is going to be harvested is pretty much weeds.

4. Patience. Pick one problem at a time to solve. Then you'll know who, why, what and how you've had success. If a "solution" just doesn't work across the micro climates in this country, then the federal US government just isn't the right jurisdiction.

5. Pray. Separation of State notwithstanding, if those who lead don't know the value of prayer , then health care doesn't have one.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

L, your advice is awesome! Send this to your Congressman and your Senators!!! Really. They need to read this.
Oregon Sue
P.S. I'm going to send it to my Congressman and Senators and to our Governor 'Colonoscopy'