I spent the better part of the day at doctors office. I have gone to the same doctor for the better part of 20 years. Recently I decided it was time for a change. There was nothing wrong with the doctor I had, it just sort of seemed like he was going through the motions. Trying to get people in and out as fast as possible.
I don’t know about you guys but when I don’t feel well, or have a problem serious enough to seek out a doctor, I don’t like to be rushed, and I don’t like to be treated like a number. First visits to a new doctor are always a pain. I showed up a half hour early, because I knew there would be paperwork, and there was, lots of it. I spent over a half-hour filling out forms, (well Jane did but I had to answer her questions). Then when I was done, I had to wait 20 more minutes just to go back to the little room. Then once I got there, I waited another half hour.
At this point, I’ll freely admit to being a little frustrated. However, I was also intrigued. I could hear the nurses outside the door laughing and joking and even having fun with other patients. Something different was going on here.
Finally the doctor came in. He shook my hand(that’s kind of a big deal. If someone doesn’t know me, they don’t usually even attempt it.) Then, he sat down, and begin to talk me about my situation. We talked about other specialists who might be of help to me, and treatments to improve the quality of my life. This lasted about 20 minutes.
I’ve had a few doctors in my time. I’m not sure that I’ve ever had one ask how he could be of service to me. At one point he said “I’m really looking forward to working for you”
This brings me to the reason I am writing this post. I delt with a man today, who obviously takes pride in his job, and wants to be of service to his patients. That’s rare in today’s world. when you see it, it’s very refreshing. By the end of the visit I didn’t even care that I had spent more than two hours in there. His good attitude changed mine.
It reminded me that whatever I do, I need to do it with a smile, not only s smile, but genuine enthusiasm. You probably aren’t going to always like what you do, but if you do it like it matters, people will notice and doors will open. I certainly noticed today.
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