Happy Anniversary, Us

Not US, that is in June.

We had ten year old girls spend the night last night and they were sugared, caffinated and completely wound up.  I closed our bedroom door at 2 am because I could not sleep.  It muffled the chaos but did not silence it.  I must have slept some because we woke up four hours after I shut the door realizing Max the Cat had peed on our bed.  I suppose it seemed like the second best option since he could not get out to get to his litter box.  Do not judge him too harshly – It is only the second time in two decades that he has done that.  I am up (and showered, laundry running – not by choice).  And the kids are STILL wound up and yelling.

Remember when Jodi said this?

“Any day you can say, ‘At least no one peed on me,’ is a good day.”

Even so, today I woke up in a good mood.  Today is a good day.

I have been officially working at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospitals for one year today.  It is my favorite job I have ever had.  (Dr. Munger – working at Companion Animal Veterinary Hospital is ALSO my favorite job I have ever had.  Yeah, it’s that good.)

One year and ten days ago, I called Dr. Bashara and asked if I could come work with him.  I called three hospitals, including one where a classmate works.  Her boss offered me a job too.  I knew it was a great hospital also, and I would love working there with her.  I said, “Anne I really think I would love working at Gentle Doctor.”  She said, “I know Pete.  I really think you would too.”  We were right.  I told Pete during a working interview before he offered me a job that I would like to retire from his company.

Do you see all the extroversion in this story so far?  All of what is for me reckless, crazy, dangerous behavior??  Pete, if you are online reading this :) stop here.  I don’t want you to know that…

I was desperate.  I was wounded.  I was done with working in veterinary medicine.  I told Russ that I was going to call the three hospitals I knew from growing up in Omaha were awesome, follow through wherever that led, and then basically come home, curl up and recover.  Then start over in a new direction.

I am so glad I was wrong.  I was also wrong about there being only three hospitals in Omaha that are awesome.  There are way more.  Apparently, it is the norm in veterinary medicine?  Now I remember!  I did start over in a new direction, but it is within the career and calling that I love.

I know things could change.  I know I may not retire from this hospital.  I hope it lasts, and things are truly great here, but no matter what, my love of veterinary medicine and my faith in leadership have been restored.  And for me, that is huge.

I know (as you may recall, I needed to remind myself at the beginning of this year) that James said THIS…

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”  James 4:13-14

But remember too that Jesus said THIS…

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:34

Thank you friends and family.  Even good stress is stressful, and you have walked right beside me through all the emotions of this past year.  Thank you coworkers.  I love working with you, and you have become dear friends (yeah, you!)  Thank you clients for coming with me, and thank you new clients for making me feel like I have been here forever.  It’s been a good year.

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8 Responses to “Happy Anniversary, Us”

  1. Ken Finch says:

    Shawn, this is my favorite story/article yet. Well done!

  2. Jodi says:

    Yay for healing, and yay for good bosses! And, sometimes, even yay for days you DO get peed (figuratively at least) on, because those are the days that make you know it’s time to change. You are a big inspiration for me! Healing is good. It makes me happy to see happy Shawn again. Oh, and hey, good job with the extrovert stuff! Love you lots!

    • Shawn Finch, DVM says:

      Thank you Jodi-I-Love! You are right! And…you inspire me too! I felt bad that for all the inspirational things you have said, I chose the pee quote – ha! It seemed fitting though :)

  3. Everyday in every way, you make me so very proud to be your aunt!
    You were born!
    You became my niece!
    You grew up!
    You became a Vet!
    You fulfilled your dream!
    You met your goal!
    You continue to grow!
    You continue to dream!
    You continue to meet goals!
    Carry on, precious person.
    I love you.

  4. Cathy says:

    Yay for dreams restored! “Vet” has been so much a part of you since the day I met you. (Ummm, I guess “another girl” was there first, but “vet” came in soon after.) I don’t know if I can picture you doing anything but this. I don’t know why God allowed you to walk through all that junk. But YAY to the Author of Life for redeeming your career back to you once again. I love you!

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