I really don’t like Winter. I think it has to do with being cold all the time and the messy inconveniences of trudging in and out of snow and slush. The persistent gray probably has something to do with it, too. I often describe myself as a flower, drawn to the sunshine. I do very much like getting away to Palm Springs for a long weekend each February to sit by a pool in abundant sun reading a good book. This always seems to recharge my batteries.
All of that being said, however, I found myself last evening trudging over snow and ice to the neighborhood pub for dinner and thinking how much more interesting the sidewalk was with the variations from the ice and snow than normal. Yes, having to slow down and be more careful was a bit of a pain, but it also broke up the routine, the mundane, and the ordinary. It made my walk to the pub different and unique and infinitely more interesting. Okay, it would have been really interesting if I’d slipped and fallen but not in a good way.
So, this started me thinking, “Is Winter really all that bad?” Doesn’t the changing seasons, Winter included, create variety in our lives? How much more dull would life be if nothing ever changed – if we walked through each day seeing exactly the same things and never having a pattern interrupt to cause us to slow down and pay attention to our surroundings? I think I’d get terribly bored.
Now, how about your daily work life? What do we do to create variety and pattern interrupts in our work environment? When was the last time you made a change in your dental office design? This could be something as simple as buying fresh flowers for the reception desk. Especially during the dreary, gray days of Winter wouldn’t fresh flowers be a great pick-me-up? Or, the artwork on the walls? One doesn’t have to undergo an entire dental office redesign to achieve a fresh, seasonal look. Just change up the artwork on the walls. A rotating collection can do wonders for keeping the space fresh for you and your staff and in keeping a fresh patient experience for your patients.
So, I guess, begrudgingly, I have to admit Ol’ Man Winter isn’t really all that bad. He helps keeps life from being a bore.