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Staff Report

Is Your Place of Employment Your
Place of Enjoyment?
Last year, I was fortunate to attend the New
Year's Day Rose Parade, the most famous and
most watched parade in our nation. I watched
along with a million people sitting on the curb
(and countless millions more on TV around the
world) as floats, people, horses, and bands went
marching by. Everyone had a grand time.
Ms. Rosemary Bray
Carlsbad, CA

However, no one in that parade had more fun
and loved their role in it more than the "pooper
scoopers," and specifically, one young lady. She
was hired to follow horses and scoop up their
droppings so the next marching band behind
those horses did not have to step in the deposits
left by the horses. She carried a shovel and a dustpan and rolled a trash can on wheels. Watching
her marching for 5 long miles, posing for photos
along the route, getting no pay, and loving every
minute of it, I could not help but think of ortho
team members and what they get to do every
day, for really good salaries, in beautiful environments, and yet how sad that some of them really
don't love what they do for a living.
This girl got standing ovations (also from me) as
she rolled her filled-up trash can ahead of her and
jumped belly down on it and flew down the street
with her arms stretched out in front like Wonder
Woman. The crowd went wild! Even the Rose

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Queen and her Royal Court did not get nearly as
many photos taken and certainly no standing
ovations . . . only her.
What makes her love this thankless, volunteer,

smelly job so much, and why are there some
team members who can't seem to laugh and love
what they are so blessed to do every day? The
only thing I can sense that separates them and
sets her apart is her attitude about it. How we
think about things makes such an impact on how
we act and are perceived by others. Think about
your patients as they watch you through the day
and listen to you and, quite often, want to be
you! What do they see and hear, and how do they
talk about you when they go home from their
appointment? You are role models to so many
young people every day. What example are you
setting for them? The great and sadly late Wayne
Dyer said to us at a PCSO meeting years ago,
that if you "change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change." This is so true
and certainly applies to how you perceive your
work; each task you do; how you handle even
the unhappy, noncooperative, or argumentative
patient or parent; and the way in which you feel
at the end of your busy day after having done just
that. On the way home, are you grumbling and
complaining that you have to go back to work tomorrow? Or are you satisfied and smiling as you
think that you are lucky to be able to go back to
work tomorrow? What a gift it is to work in ortho,
the best profession in the world.

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