Mid-Week Balance: 26 October 2011

This week’s edition of MWB is going to be a bit different from normal.  If you read my post last Friday, you know that I am challenging myself to do more than complain about how broken and fragmented our healthcare system is.  And I’m challenging you to do that as well.  So, in honor of the first Occupy Healthcare Tweetchat (happening today on the #occupyhealthcare hashtag at 4 pm EST), the posts I picked this week are about how to shake off our paralysis and become more engaged and active.  By the way, while my focus today is on healthcare, you can look at these posts in relation to any issue that makes you feel stuck or paralyzed–feel free to apply them creatively!

First off, I wanted to look at what keeps us from acting.  I know that for me, it’s often a combination of feeling overwhelmed and being worried.  To speak to that second point, I found two fantastic pieces this week.  The first, from Rosie Molinary, reminds us that when we invest our energy in future worries, we’re not using it in the moment. The second, from the always concise Seth Godin, cuts right to the heart of the question, “when is it time to worry?”

And then, to address the issue of feeling overwhelmed, I love this piece from Julie Fanning, LCSW.  She talks about rebelling in small ways, reminding herself that she is an individual, with individual power.  I think that this kind of attitude can be essential in helping us break free from our sense of paralysis.

I think that, when we think about our health system, we often feel as though we’re buried in rules, regulations and restrictions.  Because of that, I chose this post from Chris Guillebeau.  He provides a list of questions to use when we are facing rules–and I think that they do a great job of giving us permission to ask and change.

You may be asking yourself why this matters to you, why you should care, why you should speak up.  I think that this post by Bodhipaksa of Wildmind does a great job of providing some foundation for the answer to those questions.  Not only does he talk about the growing issues of inequality in the United States, but he encourages us to harness our own energy to be actively engaged in seeking solutions.

And finally, there is this post, by Dr. April Foreman on the Occupy Healthcare blog.  In her post, Dr. Foreman extends the challenge to change our thinking directly to those of us who engage with health care, both as consumers and providers.  She encourages us to think beyond risk management, to think about soaring.

Thanks for being willing to do something different with me today.  My challenge for you is to think about where you may feel stuck or hopeless and apply some of today’s ideas to that issue.  Do you have a suggestion for how to swing into action?  I’d love to hear it! Let’s broaden our horizons together.



5 thoughts on “Mid-Week Balance: 26 October 2011

  1. Thank you for reminding us of the ways we can take positive action to make changes. I know I often feel stuck and demoralized both as a psychologist (currently working in a community mental health setting) and as a consumer of healthcare. These are great links. I look forward to reading more. Best, Allison

  2. Kathy and Allison,

    So good to hear from both of you. Some weeks, the MWB post is my favorite one to write. I get so inspired when I see all the other wonderful perspectives out there. And I love the opportunity to share them.


  3. Hi Ann,
    I really like the positive tone of your blog and they way you connect us with other blogs by citing them. I’m also inspired by the Occupy movement. Good to take the time to consider how we can be effective–even if we are not likely to go pitch a tent!
    Thanks, Carolyn

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