Ok, I admit it, I'm kind of obsessed with my boss, Nigel Morgan's, Dad Kevin Morgan's blog Fit Old Dog. Did that sentence make sense? I hope so. I'm still blown away by how he turned a piece of tumbleweed into such an insightful post about motivations and character types. Anyway, today I noticed that he wrote a blog about Persia. He was wondering where it was anyway, because he stopped studying history at about 13 years old. Well, so did I, and at the time I was pretty relieved because I thought it was boring. Oh, how I wish I knew then what I know now. I would have appreciated history class a lot more, and I might have even paid attention.
In his fascinatingly meandering way, Kevin comes around to realizing that if you don't understand the history of something, you really don't understand it at all. As usual, my mind connected this thought to our dental practice. The practice I work in has been around for about 28 years. I came in about year 14 so that means I only know about half the history. I you think about it, I know even less than that because the idea of this practice started in the first owner, Dr. Price's, mind years before it's doors ever opened. I can only assume what it was like to open a brand new practice in a small town in North Carolina. I'm sure there were struggles and fears, triumphs and successes, proud moments and scary ones, as well.
What I do know is that since I've been there there have been struggles, triumphs, proud and scary moments, and losses and growth. So it seems like life in a practice is cyclical. Just like life in general. I've seen one dentist have to face the end of this part of his career and walk away from what he built, and another dentist come in and walk forward in a practice that would never lose it's history, and build the future. What has happened here in the past has left a footprint, and it's one that is different than it would have been if Dr. Morgan had been here all along. That's why he began by learning the history of it all. Now, we make our own history for this part of the life of the practice.
Understanding the history helps us to understand each other..a little bit. If you think about it, we all bring a personal history with us from all the events and experiences of our lifetimes. Is it any wonder why we are sometimes a mystery to each other, and even to ourselves? We can never know or understand the complete history we all have with us. We can waste a lot of time if we insist on understanding everything about everyone. At some point, we have to tell ourselves that our boss's, our co-workers, our staff and our patients will always remain somewhat a mystery, but we can also know that their history brought them to us with all their lovable, enjoyable, delightful, frustrating, maddening, aggravating habits and characteristics. We can embrace it all and accept and love them. We can realize that by doing that, we are writing the next part of the history of us as this part of our practice. We can make it great right now, and someone will take our story forward with them.