One of the great things about this externship is being in the city of Washington, D.C. Simply to go for a jog around the capital or read a book in the national mall where the views of our Nation’s history and pride are everywhere. Over the weekend I took the opportunity to view a special display at the Smithsonian Castle, “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection” For those of you that are not familiar with it, this is a display of the many pins collected by the former Secretary of State throughout her life. While these began as just a cute fashion accessory, the pins came to mean much more over time. When she publicly criticized Saddam Hussein, she wore a serpent pin. Or when she wanted to deliver a sharp message, she would wear a bee, or a butterfly when wanting to show patience and peace.
This got me thinking, as veterinarians and veterinary students, do we underestimate the small things about our appearance and attitude? Are we covered with black dog hair from our previous patient when going to see a white cat? When having a bad day, do we still take a moment to collect ourselves and then put a smile on our face? These little things may be insignificant to us, but they may have a deeper meaning than we even realize. So take a few minutes today to analyze your accessories. Are you putting your best foot forward to represent the profession of veterinary medicine? If not make a small change which could make a bigger difference than you know.