I have not been in the best of moods lately. I get in these funks where I start comparing myself to other people doing great and I get down.
I am walking with the family around the neighborhood and I see that a piece of property, on the lake, that has been sitting empty for a couple years has now been cleared and surveyed. Noah was thrilled to watch the heavy equipment in action. The piece of property is one of the nicest pieces in the whole neighborhood. I don't know what it sold for, but a couple of years back this property was going for close to a cool million. I got to talking to the contractor and he said the house that they are building was going to be 8000 square feet. Then I found out that the guy who owns this property was in the year under me at my high school. Damn.
I have an informant at another local dental office. She tells me that this dentist, that has only been in town for 3 years or so, is hitting all her daily goals. I have been in this office and the feel is totally different than here. Like, they are not even competition. Yet, they are meeting goals and we are not. In fact, I meet a daily goal about once in two weeks. Oh and by the way, her daily goal is higher than mine. And she drives an S Class Mercedes. May I remind you that I drive an 11 year old truck? Kick me when I am down, why don't you?
Last one, just in case the first two didn't make you upset. One of my assistants has a daughter how is in dental assisting school. Part of their schooling is to work at different offices around town. One of the places in town that she shadowed at she really likes (and I think they really like her). They asked her to come back and basically work there when she gets out of school in a month. She, of course, jumped at that. Her last rotation was back at that office, so, through the grapevine, I get to hear about this office.
The other day I heard about something that happened at their office. First, the office has 4 dentists and 5 hygienists. At one of their morning huddles, the doctors put on this "I love to work and we have a great team" show. The dentist brought in a boom box and started playing a song. He got up and started dancing around with the boom box on his shoulder. Then another one of the dentists took the boom box from him and then the two started dancing around. They said that everyone was belly laughing at the end of show.
Team-building, laughing, meeting goals... Why can't I laugh more? Meet my goals daily? Dance around with a boom box?
I really don't have it bad. In fact, I have it really good. And to be totally honest with you, even if everything was awesome, I wouldn't dance at a morning huddle. Wait a minute. If I was meeting my daily goals, everyday, I think I might dance around. I might even do it in a thong, I would be so happy.
I have it good, but not because of money and not because I have tons of patients. I just have it good and I have to stop comparing myself to people that might have it better than me (and drive an S Class Mercedes). I get that, but this week I must not be thinking very clearly.
To top this week off right, I just finished a book that was terrible (Rough Country by John Sanders) and I watched a movie that stunk ("Love and Other Drugs").
Have a great weekend.