Finding Contentment:

November 15, 2017 by Andrew Spracklin
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I have recently had a lot of thoughts running through my head about this topic, it relates to the offices and to my life in general.  I have a general rule of thumb that you should strive for better things in life and that you should work hard to achieve those things, but at what cost are you willing to go through to see that happen.

Kristina and I have a perfectly nice home in a quiet neighborhood in Kearney.  Kristina actually bought the house without me ever stepping foot or seeing it in person.  She did a really good job, but recently I had an urge that I wanted to go and look at a couple of homes.  Not necessarily that I wanted to buy anything, I just wanted to see what money could buy you in Kearney, as I had never been through the process.  Kristina was a little scared as she knows that I can be impulsive at times.

After looking at two homes, Kristina and I came back to our home and realized that we have exactly what we need in our current home and that moving to another home would not benefit us in the least.  This gave me a sense of contentment as to the things that I have in my life and how I need to be more appreciative of those things that we are able to be surrounded by.

This past weekend, I looked at Kristina and told her that looking at those houses was probably the best decision that I have made in a long time because it put things into perspective for me that I have never really thought about, just be content with the things that you have and be humble in the things that you have in your life.

I have been attempting to take this to the office on a daily basis as well.  I have been reading a lot of Gary Vaynerchuk (Gary Vee) and have been using positive thinking to help myself feel better on a daily basis.  This time of year can be up and down with people finishing up with harvest and clean up but I continue to keep a positive attitude in order to keep my sanity throughout this time.

Seeing 40-60 patients a day is something that I just do not want to do, I like my sanity and this would take a lot of it away from me.  I have become content with seeing the patients that come in the door and keep moving.  There are days that you question, “why am I doing this,” but for every day that you ask yourself that question, there are days that you say, “I can’t do this pace every day.”   With that being said, I love to have the time to spend with the patients and get to know everyone on a personal level, but those busy days simply do not allow for that, so having a happy balance is key for me.

Contentment has been going through my head a lot recently as I don’t need more stress in my life at this time and I am starting to recognize that my life is pretty good and that sometimes bigger and better is not always the path to happiness.

Sure, I took out business loans to purchase a practice and have student loans, but if I look at the blunt numbers, if can be very daunting, but if I take the numbers into perspective and see how far we have come it can ease the burden.  We would not change anything up to this point, as we have lived, learned and grown throughout the process.  Kristina and I are better people for the decisions that we have made up to this point. 

We have decided to just enjoy the things that we have in life and to make the best of it.  This is more of a mind set for us and we have made a conscious effort to enjoy the journey and the process of building a practice and life around multiple prosperous, successful offices.

The process is not always fun but if you can find contentment in what you do on a daily basis the journey is so much more enjoyable and the reward at the end can be so much sweeter.

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