"It is not always possible to change the situation you are in, but it is always possible to give your best in any situation" - Anonymous
I almost always show up to work with a smile on my face. But sometimes, when I walk in the door, the energy hits me like a ton of bricks. Everybody grumpy, complaining, overworked, exhausted, and I'm the only smiling face in the room.
I try making jokes, bringing snacks, mustering all my wellness tricks, but nothing seems to help. I feel defeated and rack my brain for anything I can do to change the mood.
But then I step back and remember there is only one persons' feelings and actions in that room I can control. I don't give in to the gossip about those not working as hard as others. I don't give in to the complaining about the number of patients in the waiting room. I don't take part in the grumblings about lack of staffing and equipment.
If I'm feeling good, I keep feeling good. I keep smiling. I keep telling my jokes. The only person in that room I can control is me, and as long as I do that, I will continue to walk into work each day with a smile on my face.