WOW Word-Of-the-Week #466: Personal

July 10, 2013 by  

Personal that which directly affects you.

What does personal mean to you? What issues that directly affect you do you have to deal with? Is that a positive experience or a negative one?

My husband Chris has said from the time I met him, “Change is always personal.” What is change? And why is change so hard sometimes?

Change is the result of something being different. We are constantly dealing with change every day. We are either comfortable with or adapting to how things are around us. Change is not always negative or always positive.

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Chris spent 45 years working as an administrator for the health care organization, Kaiser Permanente. Health care is one business that is in a constant state of change. Not only are you dealing with the Science of Medicine, Procedures, Breakthroughs; you have Regulations, Technology, Computers, etc.

During his career one of the biggest changes at Kaiser came when they implemented Electronic Medical Records. Every one of their employees and physicians nationwide was directly affected by this! In addition, all doctors, nurses, hospital personnel, and health plan workers had to be computer literate. And how hard do you think that was for some people to deal with? How about a doctor in his last few years of practice before retiring who never even used a computer?

I say everything is personal! Not everyone wants to travel. We love it and can’t imagine our life without the wonderful and very different experiences we have had. If everyone had the same likes and dislikes it would be very boring!

This week’s focus is what personal means to you. How do you feel about change? Is it different if it’s your idea? Do you like to have a say about those things that directly affect you?



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