Perspective


It’s no secret that we all have busy lives.  As professionals and individuals, we are all important pieces of the larger puzzle of the healthcare community. As partners working towards a common goal, we continually collaborate and contribute to the bigger picture of an ever-improving healthcare system.

I’ll be the first to admit that it can be easy sometimes to get caught up in the day-to-day tediousness of all the little details that require my attention in seeing a myriad of projects through to their fruition. That being said, I think it is important to not lose sight of the bigger picture and to fuel the fire of our motivation by taking a step back from time to time.

Recently, someone shared an old story with me about a man who walks by a construction site and sees workers pushing wheelbarrows; each filled with an enormous stone.

The man asks one of the workers what they’re doing.

“What does it look like?” he says with a sneer.”Hauling rocks.”

Unsatisfied with that answer, the passerby asks another construction worker the same question.

The workman doesn’t bother looking up. “We’re putting up a wall.”

Frustrated, the man tries one last time. “I say there,” he asks the next worker, “can you tell me what you are doing here?”

The worker puts down his wheelbarrow, wipes his forehead and says with a broad smile, “We’re building a cathedral.”

Here are three workers, all doing the same job. One is hauling rocks. One is putting up a wall. One is building a cathedral.

This story says a lot about the attitude that each of us brings to our lives… or could if we were willing to change our perspective. At Galen, we pride ourselves on our attitude and I think this story speaks true to one of the main motivators of our collective outlook.

Each of us plays a vital role in our respective realms as we focus on ‘hauling our rocks’ to meet this deadline or solve that problem. As we move forward, we slowly but surely ‘build walls’ and accomplish individual and organizational objectives.

But the real objective of our efforts, whether we realize it or not, is actually helping to achieve a better healthcare system in this country, one small step at a time. In our own unique way, and with each accomplishment, we help to realize this collective dream.

Attitude truly is everything. Yes, it may sound like a cliché to some, but this simple statement speaks volumes towards one fundamental change of perspective we can make, which in turn can make an overwhelming impact on our level of happiness and enhance the quality of our day-to-day lives.

The choice is yours. You can haul rocks. You can put up walls. Or you can build a cathedral.

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