One day to live

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. Theophrastus d. 278 B.C. Take a moment and think about what you would do if you knew you only had one more day to live. Would you act any differently? How would you relate to and treat your family and friends? Would you show them more respect and concern? Would there be some people you would ignore rather than allow them to waste the precious time you had left? Would there be some past misunderstanding that you would set straight? What would you do if you had just one more …
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The Myth of Busyness

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 These days, it feels like everyone is busy, jumping from one job to the next and forgoing sleep because we don’t have enough time for everything we need and want to do. Our culture seems to glorify busyness, assuming that anyone who isn’t constantly occupied must be either lazy or non-essential. Being busy has become a badge of importance and a sign of how much we’re needed. Unfortunately, you can be extremely¬†busy but still not …
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Emergency room triage

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. Theophrastus d. 278 B.C. On several occasions over the years, I’ve had the unfortunate experience of taking someone to an emergency room at a hospital. After a hospital staffer gets the patient’s name and information, the patient is sent to triage; a nurse checks the patient’s vital signs, determines the reason for the visit, then makes a decision about the next step. The choices are either to proceed with immediate treatment, or — as happens in most cases — to send the patient back to the waiting room. Generally, the …
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