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Are you making the patient sick? Get Green Light medicine.


NOTE: This article applies Green Light ® to a specific challenge. What challenge would you like to Green up?)

Are You Making the Patient Sick?
(Take a dose of Green Light® Medicine.)

Is the patient better off or worse off because of your visit? Are they eagerly anticipating your return or helplessly awaiting your departure? Do you sooth their spirit or set off a surge of high blood pressure alerts?  My mother’s wisdom comes to mind: “Everyone brings joy here – some by coming, some by going.”

Years ago, my father was suddenly diagnosed with a terminal condition. When I visited him at the Mayo Clinic, I wore my Groucho glasses. Their big bushy eyebrows, big nose and mustache instantly triggered a great grin on Dad’s face – and returned the twinkle to his eyes.

When hospital staff came in and saw me with the glasses they always smiled and joked about them. Dad’s response was so strong I have since worn many a pair of funny glasses on hospital visits. I leave them behind for a diversion, for smiles – and a reminder to focus on life and living.

When a dear petite elderly friend was hospitalized, I came to visit her wearing the Groucho glasses. I squatted down to her eye level in the wheel chair to give her the full effect. She laughed and giggled like a child. Then I put the glasses on her face. She just beamed! Nurses told me she wore them most of her stay. She’d tootle down the hallways, leaving happy smiles in her wake.


Green Light is a new universal language – and a learnable skill. It’s a conscious choice – a conscious intention to think, speak and ACT to make good things happen.
How do you think, speak and act in situations involving health issues?

Green Light® style – positive, optimistic, heart-lifting; focused on objectives and good news, on healing, wellness, humor, on being helpful, reassuring, supportive

Red Light style – negative, pessimistic, depressing; focused on obstacles and difficulties – on sickness, injury, debt, arguments, fear, aging, death


Seattle’s Green Light people, are you one?

Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Seattle Art Museum, says, “People need cool mixing places, settings that encourage conversation, unlikely social connection” and she hopes, learning, writes Tyrone Beason. She curates experiences, blending various forms of art, pop culture, music, etc.

What Green Light experience might you curate, to connect a diversity of thinkers, perhaps in a new community gathering place?

Another example of Green Light style in action!

Award-winning artist Theaster Gates is “known for gutting blighted buildings, creating museum pieces with the salvaged materials and converting the reclaimed structures into community halls suitable for poetry readings, musical performances, prayers meetings or whatever the surrounding neighborhoods dream up,” writes Tyrone Beason  (Pacific NW Magazine 6-5-11).

Gates’ work is classic Green Light – creating Ideal Scenarios.