Contentment – ROJoson

Being contented with each day!
I will make full use of each day!  I will keep myself busy everyday!  I will be contented with 3 major activities per day. These major activities will be a combination of the any of the following:
1.    Medical practice – clinics, operations, writings
2.    Medical education – conferences, teachings, meetings, writings
3.    Hospital administration – meetings, writings, teachings
4.    Public health education – writings, lectures
5.    Family bonding
6.    Exercise-relaxation
7.    Social networking
Formulated: January 13, 2013
Updated: October 27,  2014
Still implementing this – as of September 25, 2017

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To Each His Own

To each his own.
To each his own happiness and suffering.
Happiness: Create your own sense of happiness, satisfaction and productivity. Create your own sense of well-being.
Suffering: Avoid physical and mental suffering in whatever way you can.
Do the above on your own in whatever way you can. Create your own unique path in life. Do not rely too much on other people. In the end, you die alone.
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To each his own.

Create your own sense of happiness, satisfaction and productivity.

Create your own sense of well-being.

Create your own program of well-being.

Create your own program of suffering prevention, mitigation and response (physical and mental suffering).


Own sense of happiness, satisfaction and productivity.

Be forever contented!

  • Done enough!
  • Saved enough!

Slow down!

Avoid stress!  Effectively manage stress! RAM (Reality, Acceptance, Management)! Don’t worry – be happy! It will come to pass!

Enjoy every moment! Enjoy every activity!

 

Productive up to age 70 (first countdown):

  • Hospital modules
  • Medical curriculum
  • Surgical education
  • Public health education

 

ROJ@17sept20

 

 

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ROJoson’s Education for Health Development in the Philippines

Education for Health Development in the Philippines

One of his missions in life is to contribute to the health development in the Philippines through education.  This mission started in 1990 when, as Director of the UP College of Medicine Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, he designed a structured Department of Health-UPCM Postgraduate Circuit Courses in four provincial hospitals in the Philippines (Ilagan, Isabela in Luzon; Aklan in the Visayas; Koronadal in South Cotobato and Oroquieta in Misamis Occidental, both in Mindanao).

He then went on to develop a structured general surgery training program using a distance education mode from 1991 to 1997 in Zamboanga City Medical Center.  With this program, he added 7 trained general surgeons to the pool of 2 that served the 3 million population of Western Mindanao.

In 1994, he helped established the Zamboanga Medical School Foundation (now the Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine).   He helped designed a community-based, competency-based, and problem-based learning medical curriculum for the school.  This curriculum was adopted by several medical schools in the Philippines, one in Legazpi, Albay in 1995; one, in Cebu in 1996, and another one in Naga, Camarines Sur, in 2001.

Since 1990 to present (2017), he has been actively giving lectures and learning sessions in surgery, medical education, hospital administration, community health, hospital disaster management, and other health related topics in various parts of the Philippines and also in Asia.

Since 2011, he has been using Facebook as a vehicle to promote his Education for Health Development in the Philippines.  Even before Facebook, he has websites (Tripod.com, Google Sites, and WordPress.com) to promote his Education for Health Development in the Philippines.


ROJ@17sept12

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Comparison Issues at Retirement Age

I am unique as a person.

I have created my own path in life, my unique path in life.

There is always the temptation to compare myself with others but I try to control it and limit the comparison for inspiration purposes.

I have been inspired by a lot of people, in the past, at present, and for sure, in the future.

However, in the end, I have created my own path of life, my unique path in life as of 2014.

In January 31, 2014, I retired from government service (UP College of Medicine – Philippine General Hospital and Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center) at age 65, the mandatory age of retirement.   Specifically, I retired from full academic responsibilities and activities in these two government institutions.  In 2014, I also retired from administration functions in Manila Doctors Hospital.

After my “retirement” in 2014, I told myself that I will slow down and not completely stop everything I have been doing in the past along my professions as a surgeon, educator, and hospital administrator.  With such a resolution, I am still exposed to temptations of comparing myself to my colleagues in the professions, particularly the younger ones, who are doing so much while I am doing so little. Honestly, I have the tendency to feel uneasy when I see these events.

I know I have to control this feeling of uneasiness.

I have to remind myself that I have already created a unique path in life, my own path in life.   I am just finishing it up to my first life countdown of 70.

I have to remind myself that I have to slow down.   I have to remind myself that I cannot do everything.

I have to remind myself of the following phrases in Desiderata:

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. 

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

I have to remind myself by saying: it is their turn to shine; I have done my part; I have finished mine before.


ROJ@17sept8

 

 

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Staying Alive Up to 70

Updated: September 3, 2017; September 6, 2017

First posted in Facebook: August 15, 2017

Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive

Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive

 

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Staying Alive and Not Crippled Up to 70 (1 year and 6 months to go) – Strategies – healthy lifestyle; control current medical conditions; avoid stroke; and avoid accidents.

Reaction from Maya Lim: Way to go Dr . Rey !!! A matchless role model ! Some
of us docs get really lost!

August 15, 2017


My strategies in avoiding stroke!

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Slow down – a strategy in healthy lifestyle, control current medical conditions and avoid stroke!

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Enjoy!

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September 3, 2017


Staying Alive and Not Crippled Up to 70 (1 year and 5 months to go) – Strategies – healthy lifestyle; control current medical conditions; avoid stroke; and avoid accidents.


Daily exercise (walking for about 40 to 45 minutes a day with about 10 to 15 minutes of stretching and bending exercises at least) as part of my healthy lifestyle strategies.


Control food intake to maintain a normal body weight based on BMI (have maintained my weight at 70 to 71 kg since March 2016) as part of my healthy lifestyle strategies. Daily exercise is also used to maintain my body weight.


Stress control and management is part of my healthy lifestyle strategies. Doing it now but still have to refine the regimen. Correct attitude towards stress – inherent part of challenges in life; “it will come to pass”; acceptance; avoidance and mitigation; preparedness and response; contentment; etc. One thing I have noticed that my headaches have decreased tremendously after January 31, 2014, the year I retired from government services and hospital administrative works. Will continue to maintain this.


Have to control my increasing blood sugar level and hypercholesterolemia. Using diet and exercise at the moment. Am still looking for the best additional method.



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One of my daily de-stress and relaxation activities is walking the dog of my wife, Jun-Jun Bato, usually in the afternoon.

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Picture taken in 2016



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Improving blogging efficiency – ROJoson

IMPROVING BLOGGING EFFICIENCY

Rise and Regain Matter!

Will blog first in WordPress and then share in Facebook Timelines and Pages and Groups. Have resolved to do this before. Have not been consistent. Rise and Regain! Will renew this resolution1

I find it hard and time-consuming to retrieve and to repost my posts in FB. There is “view activity log” but it is hard to retrieve my old posts. If I repost, the posts in my comment boxes are not included.

I have a good archiving system in WordPress.


ROJ@17sept3

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Count Down to January 31, 2019 (70 Years Old)

Updated: September 3, 2017
First posted: August 13, 2017



Count Down to January 31, 2019 (70 years old)

SEPTEMBER 3, 2017 TO JANUARY 31, 2019 (one year 5 months to go = 17 months to go)
AUGUST 2, 2017 TO JANUARY 31, 2019 (one year 6 months to go = 18 months to go)



FIRST LIFE COUNTDOWN – 70 YEARS
SEPTEMBER 3, 2017 TO JANUARY 31, 2019 (one year 5 months to go = 17 months to go)
Stay alive – not crippled up to January 31, 2019
Be productive up to January 31, 2019
Be satisfied and happy up to January 31, 2019


ROJoson – Alive, still alive and still functional on September 3, 2017.
Create your own sense of happiness and satisfaction (well-being) everyday up to January 31, 2019. To each his own!
September 3, 2017 to January 31, 2019 (17 months to go!)
Slow down (not completely retired) but finish the unfinished business:
  • Internet publication of Medical Curriculum (problem-based, competency – outcome-based, community-0riented medical curriculum) which I started in 1993.
  • Internet publication of surgical education (which I did in 1991 – 1997 in Zamboanga City Medical Center)
  • Hospital Administration Modules
  • Internet publication of MAR (50 MARS per year) – DONE as of August 12, 2017)

 

Stay alive and not crippled up to age 70 (January 31, 2019):
  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Siesta
  • Relaxation
  • Avoidance of accidents
  • Stress management
Enjoy non-professional activities:
  • Companionship to and bonding with wife and children
  • Household chores and small stuffs
  • Movies
  • Hobby
  • Socializing

 





FIRST LIFE COUNTDOWN – 70 YEARS

AUGUST 2, 2017 TO JANUARY 31, 2019 (one year 6 months to go = 18 months to go)
Stay alive – not crippled up to January 31, 2019
Be productive up to January 31, 2019
Be satisfied and happy up to January 31, 2019


ROJoson – Alive, still alive and still functional on August 4, 2017.
Create your own sense of happiness and satisfaction (well-being) everyday up to January 31, 2019. To each his own!
August 4, 2017 to January 31, 2019 (18 months to go or more specific, 521 days to go!)
Slow down (not completely retired) but finish the unfinished business:
  • Internet publication of MAR (7 years to go – 50 MARS per year)
  • Internet publication of Medical Curriculum (problem-based, competency – outcome-based, community-0riented medical curriculum) which I started in 1993.
  • Internet publication of surgical education (which I did in 1991 – 1997 in Zamboanga City Medical Center)
  • Hospital Administration Modules
Stay alive and not crippled up to age 70 (January 31, 2019):
  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Siesta
  • Relaxation
  • Avoidance of accidents
  • Stress management
Enjoy non-professional activities:
  • Companionship to and bonding with wife and children
  • Household chores and small stuffs
  • Movies
  • Hobby
  • Socializing





 

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