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Values for Managing Health

By January 18, 2015October 20th, 2018Advocate, Caregiver, Clinician, Consumer, ePatient, Family man, Informaticist, Leader
As I transition out of this episode of my life with the passing of my mom, I’m reflecting anew on being a blogger, Health-Hats, who is discovering the magic levers that impact best health. I’m back to values – what’s most important to me as an e-patient, caregiver, nurse, leader, informaticist, and family member. Anyway, what do I value? In alphabetical order, as my priorities change minute to minute

  • Accepting what is
  • Adaptability in the face of changing reality
  • Appreciation of the basics – clean running water, weekly garbage removal, etc.
  • Collaboration and shared goals
  • Community and interdependence
  • Courage and humility
  • Diversity in experience and way of approaching the world
  • Empowered people making informed choices
  • Ethics – treating others as I would want to be treated
  • Humor hand in hand with tragedy
  • Listening – honing that skill
  • Loving my family – any form of family
  • Making a difference at home, work, community
  • Maximizing everyone’s safety
  • Perseverance – hanging in there, seeing it through
  • Preparation – not wasting others’ time
  • Recognition of our and others good work
  • Reflection – time out for so what
  • Showing up
  • Skepticism and Trust – two sides of the same coin
  • Wisdom – recognizing, appreciating, and offering
  • Wise use of resources
      What do you value?


  • Sue Spivack says:

    Wonderful list, Danny. As always I’m so grateful that you’re writing what you write and I get to read it. So often whatever you’ve posted feels so synchronous for whatever is going on in my day or week. I’m going to print out the list too! Immersed as I continue to be in Torah and Torah commentary reading and Taoist and Buddhist writings and poetry, I have to say many of the items on your list fit right in with the wisdom offered in those traditions. And I need lots of repeated exposures to all of this to keep myself on the path.

  • Cristin L. says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom.

    Excellent list. I’d agree with all of them, especially acceptance and interdependence. I would have to add one thing: arresting beauty as an expression of the sacred/divine. Maybe way too out there for most people, but I have a feeling you’ll understand.

  • jcudhea says:

    I am delighted to have been introduced to Health Hats. This is a SUPERB alphabetical list! I have printed it so as to have it handy – maybe select a “priority” each day. Today I’ve chosen two: Humor… and Reflection. That “time out for so what” is a challenge!