Three Things Thurs Aug 8

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For those with loved ones in hospital, you know what it’s like. Hours spent waiting, waiting for the doctors to do rounds, test results to come back and your loved one to get better. My amazing dad (91YO) has had a tough 3 months, and in the last week we have started to get to the pointy end of his journey. As he would say “Hope springs eternal”.

Here are the top three things that have made a difference in my week.
They might also be useful for you, or not.

1) What I’m super impressed with… (and the lesson learnt)

Nurses. For the last 2 weeks my Dad has been (and still is) in the hospital. I have been constantly in awe of the kindness and compassion that the Nursing team at both Frankston Hospital and the Alfred Hospital have shown him. They do a job that I know I could not do. Their flexibility and ability to adapt to the changing circumstances, personalities and conditions is super impressive. My family are forever grateful. Who could you be kinder to? For some of us we need to start with being kinder to ourselves.

2) A Movie I watched…

The Way.A great feel good movie about strangers, friendship, forgiveness, understanding and discovery. It highlights why that old saying is so true. “It’s not about the destination, but the journey and who you become on the way”. Has inspired Michelle and I to consider taking 3 months off and walking the Camino.

3) A Great Book I’m Reading...

Never Split The Difference. This ripper book is written by Chris Voss, a former FBI hostage negotiator who offers a new, field-tested approach to negotiating, and how it can be effective in any situation. It offers super practical advice on negotiating. Each chapter begins with a real case that Chris was the lead negotiator on, he then breaks it down into the how and why and ends with a summary of take home steps. Definitely worth a read if you ever have to negotiate, from the negotiation with your partner over which Netflix movie to watch, to negotiating your next pay rise.

Ps. My favorite quote this week is "Kindness is giving hope to those who think they are all alone in this world.” - Unknown

I would love your feedback on what had an impact on you and the lesson in it, moral of the story, or learning you would share.

Have a ripper finish to your week.

Cheers Dr. Ben

Dr. Ben Carvosso


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