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In Baseball, Politics and Life, Authenticity Scores

Whether you are zeroed in on the World Series, the November elections, or daily life issues, the classic baseball poem “Casey at Bat” brings home a great lesson about being authentic. 

It was a rough day in Mudville the story goes.  And the outcome didn’t appear too promising. The game was in its final inning. The team was behind by more than one run and the fans weren’t having very much fun.

The crowd’s hopes were all but sunk when it appeared their favorite son wouldn’t get a chance to face the pitcher.  You see everything depended on Casey getting to bat, so they believed.  There was Flynn at the plate, but he was “no good.” And Jimmy Blake was to follow, but Blake was “a fake.”  Alas, hope was slim as the team was bound to go down.

Miraculously Flynn and Blake got on base which gave mighty Casey the chance he needed to save the day.  A home run would win the game and the fans were giddy with excitement. There was pride in his demeanor and a comforting smile on his face as he confidently strode to the plate.  It seemed without a doubt Casey would end his team’s scoring drought.

I’m sure you are familiar with the story’s climactic finish. Casey standing there with a lofty gaze didn’t even swing at the first couple of pitches… Read more

Welcome in the New You

“New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.”

A fresh start!  We all appreciate that. Some even crave it. A new year can be the catalyst for a healthy turn-around as we focus our best efforts on what’s important to our well-being.

There is nothing magical in flipping the calendar.  But there is something appealing about closing the door on unhealthy behaviors and their consequences.  A healthy, new beginning can result when one gives him or herself permission to leave behind past failings.  The next step is to solidify in some practical manner the positive steps required to achieve our wellness goals.

Positive health is an emerging concept that an interdisciplinary team is investigating with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  This pioneering approach to health promotes patients’ health assets while focusing on key factors that include subjective influences like optimism.  This can add to a healthier and longer life according to the organization.

But what happens when optimism wanes? Read more…

Classic baseball yarn a lesson on authenticity

It was a rough day in Mudville the story goes.  And the outcome didn’t appear too promising.  The game was in its final inning. The team was behind by more than one run and the fans weren’t having very much fun.

HealthInkLogo (1)The crowd’s hopes were all but sunk when it appeared their favorite son wouldn’t get a chance to face the pitcher.  You see everything depended on Casey getting to bat, so they believed.  There was Flynn at the plate, but he was “no good.” And Jimmy Blake was to follow, but Blake was “a fake.”  Alas, hope was slim as the team was bound to go down.

Miraculously Flynn and Blake got on base which gave mighty Casey the chance he needed to save the day.  A home run would win the game and the fans were giddy with excitement. There was pride in his demeanor and a comforting smile on his face as he confidently strode to the plate.  It seemed without a doubt Casey would end his team’s scoring drought.

I’m sure you are familiar with the story’s climactic finish. Casey standing there with a lofty gaze didn’t even swing at the first couple of pitches and with two strikes against him his visage turned first to stern resolve and then hatred.  Now was the time for a heroic ending to relieve any doubt, that was, of course, until mighty Casey spectacularly struck out!  Read more…

 

 

Take a cup of kindness this year

“New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.”

A fresh start!  A rebirth! Renewal! We can get behind that!  A new year can spur us on to a healthy turn-around as we focus our best efforts on what’s important to our well-being.

cropped-HealthInkLogo-1.jpg There is nothing magical in flipping the calendar.  But there is something appealing about closing the door on unhealthy behaviors and their consequences.  A healthy, new beginning can result when one gives himself or herself permission to leave behind past failings.  The next step is to solidify in some practical manner the positive steps required to achieve our wellness goals.

Positive health is an emerging concept that an interdisciplinary team is investigating with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  This approach to health promotes patients’ health assets while focusing on key factors that include subjective influences like optimism.  This can add to a healthier and longer life according to the organization.

But what happens when optimism wanes?  Read more…

Health by the numbers

My dad dabbled in paint, mostly wall and house paint, but occasionally he tried his hand at a paint-by-numbers kit. Remember those?  Craft Master kits were the rage. Just follow the numbers and a beautiful picture appeared after some trial and error.

HealthInkLogo (1)In many ways, that fad reminds me of current health care approaches.  Get the numbers right and you paint a picture of health.  You might be familiar with some of those numbers, like 98.6, 120/80 and 72 bpm. And more complicated numbers are now being utilized with the advent of mobile tech and wearable sensors, all cataloging voluminous numerical sequences that are designed to uncover sharper insights into what’s going on in our bodies.

But then the old adage comes to mind, “You are much more than a number.”  Numbers can’t give an accurate snapshot of man’s essence.  His spiritual self or individuality is invisible to biomarkers and data points. He is as much about qualities as he is quantities. “Man is more than physical personality,” Mary Baker Eddy once put it.

I appreciate what Amy McGuire had to say at the recent TEDMED conference.  Read more…