Zest of life

At the completion of three months of my first rotating internship, having recently cleared my medical graduate final exam, I was proudly displaying my new Dr. engraved name tag as I waited to get my log book signed by the head of the Obs & Gyn department. Known for her effervescent and intimidating personality, the fear factor drove us to perform in a way that was best suited for our physical and mental health. After all she was the most feared boss probably across all our clinical departments.

At the end of the out patient clinic that day, she was seated with her colleagues at the consultation area as me and three of my fellow colleagues approached her. She had one liners reserved for each one of us as we awaited for her permission.

She did not look up from the green log book of mine as she signed it. But she had only one message for me; those words still ring in my ears; “If you work like this, you will die one day.” The other doctors in the unit smiled. Till that date, she had not commented on me apart from the usual reprimands as we as interns desperately sought to find our feet.

But I walked away that day, with something much more. I knew I enjoyed what I did. The first acknowledgement when you start your career goes a long way in creating the persona for you to move ahead. At that point of time, I took it as an arrogant sense of acceptance, but then I realized how much it enabled me to stride forward.

So if you have that person with whom you work who goes that extra mile, give him or her the acknowledgement that they deserve, and it will do wonders in the amount of productivity and harmony at work.

It’s like Forrest Gump said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates.’ Your career is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. But everything you get is going to teach you something along the way and make you the person you are today. That’s the exciting part – it’s an adventure in itself. – Nick Carter

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