Saturday, July 24, 2010

Put on the China Hat

A friend of mine was counseled on how to help a chronically ill person who was going to stay at her home for a few days. The host said, "I'm going to put on my China hat." By this, she meant that just as she had to learn the culture of China when she lived there, she was willing to learn the culture of the chronically ill person when she came to visit her.

This is much wisdom in this. The chronically ill may be part of your "culture," but their experience of that culture is far different, given the abnormalities of their bodies. If you want to help them, put on "the China hat" and listen to their culture. Please.

1 comment:

  1. I was doing research on chronic illness in China and came across this blog. I am a wellness consultant and also a Christian living in London with my husband. I have a book coming out very soon on health and wellness. Taken from scriptures in the bible based on health and practical healing and nutrition, I am showing my customers that they do not have to live with their condition and how they can prevent as well as reverse most chronic illnesses. We have had some amazing results. If this is of interest, you can get more information on our website I hope this is not too much of an intrusion but I am greatly saddened when I see people suffering and dying needlessly, as I saw this happen to my own mother in 2003.