"...I have to put God first..."
Belfazar Grant, General Studies Student
TranscriptMy philosophy of healthcare I think has been adopted over the last few years of being in the military. The air force core values are integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. And I love what the call military personnel, they call them service men. And I think that encapsulates everything I am. I love to serve people. I think that if everyone was to grab hold of that one simple idea that we all serve people and those who serve the best usually has the most and i realize I can only control myself, if I want to help others around me. And I also understand that the hardest thing for people to do is repent. And what I mean by that is change. If a person has a smoking problem, how do you get them to change? And I have six basic principles of how I try to incorporate my core values to others. The first thing is, I have to put God first. I try to filter everything I do through the word of God and God’s commandments. I try to get others to see that I love my Lord. And hopefully they can see that if they have hopelessness that they can see that through the Lord there is hope. The second thing of my basic principles is I try to keep an even keel. And I think thats helped a lot of people and it helps me. How I developed that is I had a friend when I was in Germany, and I lost my wallet and I was panicking. And he said to me, “Panicking, is not professional.” And I couldn’t understand why he said that. But after thinking about it, he was right, and so I calmed down and I found it. And so I try not to get too excited, because I know that things could be worse tomorrow, and I try not to get too depressed because I know that God holds tomorrow and tomorrow will be a whole lot better. And the third thing is, know my risk management. Everything has a measure of risk, from lying down in bed, to driving a vehicle and so-forth. And I try to minimize risk as much as possible. I try to think before I act. You know, not go to places that might harm my testimony. Or say things that might hurt someone, and so-forth. The fourth thing is that, give good instructions. We all have to communicate with each other. And I see that sometimes especially with parents with children they don’t communicate. And I think thats the problem with a lot of people we don’t understand how to communicate. And so I stopped and took a class on communication. And the one thing I remembered about that class is that every instruction has to have five things. It has to be reasonable, understandable, measurable, believable, and achievable. And if we want people to do the things that we need for them to do, those things have to be incorporated. God gives us instructions, and those five things are all in the word of God. Everything He tells us is reasonable, His word is understandable. Its measurable, its believable, and its achievable. The fifth thing is that, learn to identify a problem. That helps me to look at people and see if they have a need. And my definition for that is, a problem is anything that exceeds or does not meet the standard. And so when you are looking at folks and they are whatever the standard is wether its coming to work at 7 o’clock they are either extremely early or always late, then that could be a problem. the last thing is hot fries. I know that might be a little strange, but I was at a graduation ceremony and the chief master sergeant Gallor gave this story. He said that there was a vendor that was selling on the street, and he would take orders, and he would give the package to a little boy and he would run up to the buildings and deliver the package, and he’s wondering why he was moving so fast. And he wondering what he’s delivering he said, “french fries.” So when the boy came back he had asked him, “why are you in such a hurry to deliver french fries?” and he said, “no one likes cold fries.” And that really stuck to me and that is true, no one really likes cold fries. We need to do things when they need to get done effectively, and efficiently. Especially in the medical field, you don’t want to give a person a shot later then they need or things like that. And that pretty much encapsulates what my philosophy of healthcare would be.
Updated: April 23, 2013 - 2:30pm - by Yvette Saliba