Paul, who used to work here, told me once his mom had his big dog shaved in the summer because it was hot outside and the dog had a lot of hair. Paul said the dog was completely humiliated and lived the rest of his days mortified and depressed. This story made me sad, and I thought about my rather large cat, Jocko, who had his belly shaved last month when he went for a checkup. Unlike the dog though, Jocko is rocking the nude belly look and appears to be rather proud. I guess it is all a matter of perspective.
Perspective is a powerful tool. When I was cooking at grounded on Saturday mornings I had in my brain that this was the most important thing in the world, and everyone saw that I was working really hard, now that I have been away from it for almost a year - I think "what?". My perspective at the time was unique to me, and for the life of me, I couldn't understand why everyone didn't appreciate what I was doing. The passage of time clarifies a lot of issues, and I find that with any situation, the further away I get, the more things come into perspective.
I was talking with someone recently whose perspective about Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics comes from experiencing another hospital prior to working here. "You have no idea how great it is here" ... they said to me. And honestly, I don't have a clue, because this is the only place I have known for the last 20 years. For those of us who have been here the majority of our career, we lack perspective. This isn't bad - it is what it is. But, if (according to those who've experienced elsewhere) we had perspective of how other places behave (supposedly, there are hospitals out there where people are unfriendly and don't say "hi" in the hallways!) we would appreciate our situation here more.
So - don't take this as direction from me to leave and experience elsewhere, but rather take it as a request to question your perspective. Count your blessings and know that even if you are having a rotten day or week, it could be a lot worse. This place is pretty awesome.
-Steve Simonin, President & CEO