Appreciation depends on where you start

Danville taught me everything about appreciating life and the details within it.  Sometimes you don’t know what you have until you don’t have it anymore.  I started my assignment in Sioux Falls on Monday.  Of course, first days are a whirlwind, as is the first week.  I have to share how amazing this place is for me. Let me break it down into a few main areas that people tend to spend time talking about:

Traffic

There are enough people here to produce a brief experience of traffic.  This is enough traffic to be referred to as a rush 15 minutes.  Certainly not a rush hour!  This rush 15 minutes actually brings a smile to my face, as that means there are many working people. Witnessing so many people driving to work is kind of fun for me.  I am used to traveling most roads alone or with just a handful of other drivers.  The roads feel less lonely to me. My fellow drivers do know how to drive well.  A side bonus is having the opportunity to merge quickly again!

Work and its computer system 

Healthcare workers are required to do their fair share of documentation on all the things they do throughout the day and especially with their patients.  Every single job and location uses a different documentation system.  I am learning a new one with this assignment and I am loving it.  I find this documentation system user-friendly with a bit of redundancy.  All systems have redundancy, some more than others.  Due to all of my years in management, the focus has always been about efficiency.  Well, now that I say that, maybe it has nothing to do with management and more to do with how I look at life.  How can I do this more efficiently and faster?  This carries over into everything, including documentation.  I have already figured out how to speed up the process and maintain the integrity of each document.  This too brings a smile to my face.  At the end of my first day, I met with a co-worker to review training.  I was exhausted and brain dead, so I thought.  Within a matter of minutes on the computer, I figured out a simple technique to increase efficiency that wowed the seasoned coworker!  He told me that I will be doing an in-service for the rest of the team as I figure out more ways to be efficient.  Now if we could add my love of spreadsheets to this assignment, I’d be in heaven.

Getting around town

To be honest, before GPS I could hardly find my way out of a paper bag.  My sense of direction is not one of my strong points. Google Maps on my phone has changed my life.  I no longer am afraid of getting lost.  If a turn is missed, rerouting quickly occurs.  So getting around this town is a breeze because of GPS and constant satellite connection.  There is a nice balance of grid patterned neighborhoods, curving roads, and highways to keep me guessing.  I simply love it!

People in the area

Coming from a small southern town I am used to friendly behavior.  This area has its share of friendly ways, but something is vastly different; people are kind.  So what’s the difference besides a feeling?  Friendly is an exchange where you are happy to talk to others and open to making acquaintances. It would also include quick hellos and how are you doing type conversation.  Whereas kind is when you engage in tasks and actions that are helpful to others.  This town lacks the southern hospitality charm it makes up for in kindness.  People have truly been helpful.  I am initiating the conversation, but they are completely engaged from that point forward.  You can remain anonymous if you desire, which sometimes is exactly what I need.  As I sit in a great coffee, wine, and beer spot, I am delighted to freely type without worry of misperception.  I love it!

Thank you to all of the places I called home and to the settings I have worked in.  Because of you, I am able to see the great things in this assignment, this town, and the people that I may have completely taken for granted had I not had you in my life!

Namaste!

Kristin Springfield
Appreciator of life