I had to laugh when a white coated,stethoscope clad Resident strode past me shielding himself from the rain with a leopard print umbrella. Surely he was just working with what he had (but he stayed dry!). Hopelessly addicted to people watching…and learning about the process of change within organizations; finding that it is supremely difficult when actually attempted. How do we all work together for the good of mankind? Do most people believe they are acting in the most beneficial way possible, or are they just trying to get by? Travelling to rural Tennessee a couple of weeks ago, I realized that everyone wants to be proud of something; to take pride in themselves for some reason. When a group is proud of their combined state in life they are bound together for better or for worse. Secretly they think one day they’ll drive a nicer car and live in a big house. Maybe it will come from the lottery…or luck…or plain old hard work. Either way no one should tell them what to do, or help their fellow-man without their say so…especially if it affects the rich men that they will become. Things flow down…don’t they?
When life comes to a head, when it rains and there are no other options, I think people do what they have to (even if it is embarrassing). I’ve seen a lot of good people and I’ve seen a lot of bad; everyone acts in a way that is natural and deemed necessary at the time. My patient punched me in the face because he believed I was hoarding guns to shoot him. Another patient started screaming because he believed there was pizza in the hallway that was being hidden from him. Clearly delusional, but real to them just the same… if you see a delusion or a lie that is believed by someone why point it out blatantly? Help them see another world…the world where delusions aren’t necessary because the truth is so obvious. Change is one of the hardest things to facilitate, but sometimes all you need is some rain and a leopard print umbrella.