ROJoson’s Message to People (Friends, Colleagues, Patients, and Relatives) Who Greeted and Wished Me Well on My Birthday (January 31, 2015)
Thank you to all people (friends, colleagues, patients, relatives, etc.) who sent me greetings and best wishes through Facebook, SMS, and email. I really appreciated them. I tried my best to send back an acknowledgement and a “thank you” note to all. If I missed somebody, I apologize. I hope this “thank you” note to cover up for my deficiencies.
Beside thanking you for your greetings and well wishes, allow me to share with you what I did about a month or two before (pre), on (intra) and after (post) my milestone or my 66th birthday on January 31, 2015.
You probably notice my use of “pre”, “intra” and “post” in parentheses. These parallel the lingo that we use in our surgical specialty, preoperative or preop; intraoperative or intraop; and postoperative or postop. Just as there are important activities being done in these three phases of an operation, there were also activities that I did in my pre-, intra- and post-milestone phases.
My pre-milestone activities consisted mainly of review of the life plans (both long-term and short-term) that I had formulated before. This was followed by refinements and adjustments of the plans that I previously made in my projected and targeted life span (from age 66 to 70 to 75). The review and refinement activities were actually done and more or less completed in December 2014 as December 31, 2014 was also an important milestone for me (end of the year) and January 31, 2015 was just a month away. I just did some additional review and refinement activities from January 1 to January 30, 2015.
In my self-assessment, I say that overall, I am on track and satisfied with what I have achieved based on my formulated life plans. Using “marble counting” as my day-to-day and bi-weekly tracking system, I say that I had lived a very structured 2014 life with 52-marble-weeks of happiness, satisfaction, and productivity. I have identified some 2014 notable milestones for myself and will cherish and, if need be, nourish them. These are:
- Retirement from government services (UPM and OMMC)
- Retirement from hospital administrative services (MDH)
- One boss left & forever (my wife)
- 1st Philippine Quality Award for a hospital
- 100 Cancer Survivors
- Online health care education
- 2000 Facebook Friends
- Medical Anecdotal Reports Volume 2
- Avoided stroke; Joy of Home
Some of the adjustments and refinements that I decided to make from age 66 onwards are the following:
- Primary target lifespan is still 70 years. Stretched target 1 is 75 because I want to see my son become a full-pledged physician. Stretched target 2 is 78 – 80 because I want to see my son become stable in his medical practice.
- I have started defining end-points in all my ongoing programs and projects to serve as my criteria for “contented enough.” With this strategy, I will have peace of mind and relaxation with contentment.
My main intra-milestone activities consisted of two. These are, namely:
One was coordinating my Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity Batch 74 in donating at least one unit of computer for the University of the Philippines College of Medicine Learning Resource Center. The donation was formally done on the morning of January 31, 2015. I hope to entice other batches to donate. The target is 80 computers.
Second was my family bonding from January 31, 2015 to February 1, 2015 in Batangas. After a simple dinner, we waited for 9 pm on January 31, 2015 and then made a toast on the time of my birth 66 years ago. In the morning of February 1, 2015, my son, my daughter and I went windsurfing. My son dubbed the activity as “family windsurfing day.”
My post-milestone activities (February 2, 2015) consisted of the following:
One, reinforcing my initial efforts to entice more donation of computers to the UPCM Learning Resource Center by publishing the pictures of the formal donation of our MU Batch 74 in the social media and stating that it is a worthwhile project which will benefit our alma mater, our current medical students and our future physicians.
Two, announcing publicly a scheme to decrease the waiting time of my patients consulting me in my clinic in Manila Doctors Hospital by allowing and using a prebooked appointment date with time. This will constitute one of my acts of compassion and another legacy for my patients.
Starting February 3, 2015, my post-milestone activities will be to continue to implement what I wrote in my life plans for 2015; for the next 4 years (2019); next 9 years (2024); and next 12 to 14 years (2027 to 2029). I will continue to be a productive retiree.
To end my reflection and this sharing, I like to say that the 2015 celebration of my birthday was simple yet useful and meaningful. I am very happy and very contented.
For this, foremost, I thank my wife and two children for their everlasting support.
Of course, to all of you who greeted and wished me well on my birthday, thank you very very much. Your greetings and wishes make me happy on my birthday because I got that feeling that I am still worth an attention and appreciation from you. Also, they serve as a moral support and motivation for me to continue to be of service to you and to others. Maraming maraming salamat. Mabuhay kayong lahat