Hello, hello, and happy Friday!!
Did this week seem long for anyone else!? I, even, had a day off and it seemed like the weekend took forever to get here. New Year’s Day was only a week ago and I swear it was, like, ten years ago. Okay, well, maybe not ten, but you get my drift.
On Fridays, I like to keep things light-hearted around here by sharing my favorite things, random thoughts, or fun lists. Today, I want to share a beautiful little story about someone that had a pretty big impact on me during a five minute conversation that we had.
As most of you know, if you read here often, I work for a dermatologist. I work in the front office and, it goes without saying, that some days and some patients can be exhausting. As bad of a day as I may be having, I really try to always be at work with a smile on my face and treat everyone…both patients and coworkers…with respect and kindness. I just don’t see a reason for acting any other way. Work is, usually, somewhere you have to be for a huge majority of your week so why not make it the best you can? Do I sound like a huge optimistic dork right now? Yeah. I thought so. Anyway, I had an encounter yesterday morning that lifted my mood for the entire day and will stick with me forever…
I always open the office on Thursdays and we start pretty early. We start seeing patients at 7am and I’m, usually, there around 6:25. I am crazy and like to have everything ready (i.e. schedules printed, messages checked, coffee.made, etc…) by 6:40 so I can be ready if patients decide to show up early. Yesterday, our 7am patient was an older gentlemen that comes in every six months for a skin check, so we know him well. He came in with a smile on his face, as usual, and we started small talking about the weather, skiing, his jacket that is great in low temperatures, etc…you know, the usual…then, there was a 1-2 minute lull in the conversation and, out of the blue he said,
“So, how about this life?”
I looked at him and he just smiled and said, “It’s pretty great, isn’t it?”
At first, I was caught off guard but I answered him with, “You know what? It is pretty great.”
…we, then, talking for the next minute or so about being positive and looking on the bright side of things and I said, “It’s so important to be grateful and appreciate all the good in life,” and he following with, “…even the small things. There are so many small things that are good that people don’t see.”
We smiled at each other and shook our heads in agreement and, then, our nurse opened the door to take him back to his room. I just sat there for a few minutes thinking about the conversation that I just had. I felt lifted and, at that moment, could do nothing but smile.
When he checked out after his visit, we had the normal conversation that consisted of making his future appointment and telling him to call us if he needed us sooner. Then, he was gone but, I can tell you, his words were not.
Yesterday, I learned…
…that life is great.
…that life is beautiful.
…that positivity is important.
…to keep looking for silver linings.
…to see and appreciate every good moment; even if it’s small.
…that people cross your path for a reason.
…and that was all before 7am!
So, friends, today I leave you with the words of the kind gentleman that spoke to my heart yesterday – “Life is pretty great, isn’t it?”
Something to share: Have you had someone cross your path, recently, that had an impact on you?