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TELLING STORIES

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INCIDENT - POINT - BENEFIT INCIDENT - POINT - BENEFIT
The main reason I was at Portland, Oregon's, Good Samaritan Hospital in the Nurses Training Program in 1959 was because I had randomly picked that field because it was a way I could afford to get a college degree. I loved my year at Lewis and Clark College, but I hated the hospital training. I mentally rebelled against the military style requirements, like room inspection. I hated the rote memorization of nursing procedures on the perfect way to make hospital beds, follow doctor orders and pass out meds. My grandpa offered to let me change to teaching, but I was not a quitter of something I started.

One day, I bought and read Dale Carnegie’s book HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE. I got excited and decided I could “change my world”. Despite the fact that I was poor and only had $20 a month of money to spend, I bought 3 copies and anonymously sent them to the Administrator of Good Samaritan Hospital, forget his name; the Nursing Administrator, Miss Hine, and the administrator of the Nurses Training School, Miss Grimes.

Twenty years later, November 1976, I started an in-home nutrition and family counseling business and decided to take a 6-week Dale Carnegie course offered in down town Seattle. Two of my classmates were the son of Larry’s Market owner and the now famous J A Jance, whose books are constantly featured at grocery store checkout counters. I learned to tell stories and teach others to share their stories benefiting our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

The average reader or listener has a 2-minute attention span. To engage someone, there needs to be an INCIDENT - POINT - BENEFIT. We practiced telling stories. When I give a presentation or write a book, I need to re-engage my listener or reader with another incident each 500 words.

The best incidents are in first person, start with “one day” and have an intention or point that will benefit the individual or audience.

Then in 1991, I started an OMOIDE (memories in Japanese) writing group with these same guidelines. We have used Dale Carnegie's principles to share stories about our Japanese American heritage and will hopefully publish book number VI.

This week is September 2019. It's been 60 years since I first learned about Dale Carnegie and I'm 80 years old. A colleague and I sat and watched Oprah impress us with her stories with "INTENTION" to help us live purposeful lives. I intend to keep practicing!!

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IN THE ZONE

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"I know I have the ability to ac... "I know I have the ability to achieve..."
and the best zone is when I am with friends and relatives..
“Being In The Zone”, was a constant part of our conversation as Sam and I watched SeaHawk games, worked on our Shaklee Business Newsletters or wrote our books.

Being in the zone, refers to a state of physical/mental activity that is deeply motivating. It’s a balance of challenge and skill, completely absorbing, with clear goals or deadlines. Further, a merging of action and awareness, total concentration, loss of self-consciousness, a sense of control, no extra rewards needed, transformation of time, and effortless movement.

We often recognized, the zone, at 2am or 3am. We found ourselves smiling because it was so fulfilling.

Then we ran to our kitchen pantry, made ourselves a Shaklee shake so our bodies could have the ingredients to repair and replace our worn out cells as we snuggled and went to sleep.

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HERITAGE VALUES

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VALUES FOR A SOLID FOUNDAT... VALUES FOR A SOLID FOUNDATION
One of my goals is to identify heritage values that we can pass on to our descendants that promote "quality" in our lives.

The cartoon speaks for itself.

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NEW LIFE MOTTO

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ANOTHER WAY TO BRING OUT ... ANOTHER WAY TO BRING OUT OUR BEST
This latest quote was sent to me this morning by Andrew B. We have been in weekly exploration of clarifying our life values for over 7 years.

Sharing Shaklee Supplements for our physical health, has been a further opportunity - to have one-to-one's where we work on our psychological and emotional development as we benefit and share total good health. Getting my Masters in Psychosocial Nursing was first inspired by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki when I helped start the Suzuki Music Education Program at Holy Names in Seattle. His famous quote is: EVERY CHILD CAN BE EDUCATED. That was in 1967 when Sam and I had him to our home for lunch on one of his US visits.

Subsequently, in 1976, I was introduced to Dr. Forrest Shaklee and incorporated his philosophy of personal growth into our lives along with the health benefits of the nutritional supplements.

Forty-three years later, I consider these men Dr. Suzuki & Dr. Shaklee, part of the five people I name as most influencing my life, along with my husband Sam, our daughter Kelly and my Grandpa Tsukamaki. Therefore, living healthy until death and incorporating our heritage values is at the top of of my "to do list".

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MORE THANKFULNESS

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Aul Wiedersehen Thank You Aul Wiedersehen
Thank You
Mia, from Germany stayed with me for three weeks. Last night, on my bed she left this hand drawn "Thank You".

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THANKFULNESS

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Thankful words can be short, ... Thankful words can be short,
But may the hands of appreciation be far reaching.
There is nothing like words of appreciation!

One of the essentials of birthday or Christmas presents is that "THANK YOUs" are required by our daughter Kelly's daughters, even if it takes weeks of nagging.

Last week, we couldn't leave for our weekend on the Hood Canal until the Thank you were written for her 12th birthday presents.

Trust that this will become a habit as the girls become adults.

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SKILL BUILDING INCUBATION = 10 YEARS

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NHK - Nippon Hoso Kyokai - ... NHK - Nippon Hoso Kyokai - Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Stories featuring families wanting their children to grow up
IN HARMONY WITH NATURE
NHK is my go to station for news and background information. Last night I was watching an interview for the building of the Shibuya Plaza in Tokyo. Typical of the Japanese mental attitude for innovations, the interviewee says, “Any project takes at least 10 years of incubation.”

In all Japanese arts, one understands so called "apprenticeship" for at least 10 years before becoming the first level of being called master or "Ichi-dan" .

Malcolm Gladstone in OUTLIERS writes, "It takes 10,000 hours of repetition or practice to become professional." He highlights individuals like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs who put in their 10k hours before coming up with something to get paid.

My friend Michi is a concert pianist and the Suzuki Method started in her home in Japan. Dr. Suzuki starts children at age 3 so they can get in the 10 years before they get busy with high school activities.

It’s heartening to see a NHK program featuring young families who are moving back to where the previous generation deserted the countrysides for the cities. They are moving back to reestablish some of the arts of their ancestors with the old-fashioned hours of labor and lack of pay for their hours. The comment, “I am poorer, but happier.”

The narrator's young daughter has to walk 40 minutes to her school over the mountain of exquisitely kept green hillside farms. They are picking their snacks off the trees. They are providing an incubation with nature for their children.

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LIVING IN THE NOW

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IT'S A CHOICE IT'S A CHOICE
Last week I had a discussion with Cousin Gary at a family gathering. He shared about his excitement of THE POWER OF NOW and Eckhart Tolle who is presenting in Seattle this October. One of my favorite Tolle quotes is: “The only thing you ever have is now.”

Today, OUR NEW SHAKLEE DIRECTOR, ANDREW, sent an affirmation: “One day you’ll wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. DO IT NOW.”

Today, I chose to be more present in what I’m doing. This morning I started to unload the dishwater and noticed how I want to just get it done as fast as possible. Then I changed to appreciating the convenience and how I have a place in my kitchen for all the pieces to go. The dishes are items that have brought a lot of pleasure through the years and I was unloading the dishwasher full of dishes that had served my guests last night. Put a smile on my face!

I am not my thoughts. I am what I do with my thoughts. Some of what I choose to do can be great. Some of how I react is not so great. “Mindfulness” gives me time to choose what I want.

I choose not to listen to a lot of the news because the news is a business and needs to created reactions with negative and frightening stories.

I am looking at a napkin holder in my kitchen done in bronze: “DO IT NOW”.

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HONESTLY TALKING TO EACH OTHER ONE-ON-ONE

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HONEST DIVERSITY WITH RES... HONEST DIVERSITY
WITH RESPECT
Last week a friend told me she recommended her niece not to go as a young single person to an event in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, because of the fear of white supremacy activity in Idaho.

My husband and I grew up in the Idaho community. We were often called "Jap". We saw signs regularly: "NO JAPS ALLOWED."

One day at the Sand Hollow, Idaho, one-room Community Church my dad and another white farmer had a disagreement. The argument continued as the congregation poured themselves out the front door onto the sand and dirt where all the cars were parked in that sun drenched desert environment. Although no blows were actually exchanged because my dad was carrying my baby sister, a ring of parishioners formed a circle around them as they argued with fists clenched. The almost fist fight was heated with words referring to "JAPs".

We changed churches!

On the other hand, my father was wise enough to invite these racist individuals to coffee and we had this farmer's daughters as baby-sitters.

Because of these experiences, I am not afraid to go to Coeur d'Alene as I have practice in finding the good in others no matter their rhetoric or outside manners. They are human and have grown up with limited defensive practice and they themselves are afraid.

There are various ways to practice the skill of being comfortable to talk and express ourselves with others. My first recommendation is always to invite someone to coffee one-on-one and ask them to talk about their own heritage.

Of course, we teach our children and practice avoiding dangerous situations like negative group dynamics.

Celeste Headlee knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In her TED talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. She also suggests not avoiding politics and religion at family dinners and other gatherings. "Go out, talk to people, listen to people," she says. "And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed."

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ELDERHOOD

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THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE... THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE!!!
JoAnne and I graduated together from the U of W Psychosocial Nursing program. She currently teaches Nursing Theory in North Carolina. As we connected a couple weeks ago, she commented about this latest book sitting on her sofa and looking at her. So I ordered it as my airplane reading even if it was new and only in hardback.

As Louise Aronson M.D. ages, she realizes most research is done on the young about adulthood and childhood. We know little about what are the different normals and what is right for Elderhood.

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