by Tyler Grogan, CVT
The Uncharted Veterinary Community is always filled with great conversations. They're talking about everything from management to their favorite dad jokes. I can jump into the community to get a tough question answered as easily as I can jump in for a dose of positivity. This post by Community Member Summer H. had everyone talking about their favorite little luxuries:
“What items have increased your life satisfaction disproportionate to their obvious value? Or eased your life more than expected? I grew up on a reservation, and when my parents left the reservation, they took a lot of the same attitudes with them. They have a disdain for anything ‘fancy’ or ‘unnecessary.’ And I have embraced that in my life, 95% of what I own was pre-owned. Typically, I am very content with that, but it means there are times I’ve missed something that could make my life so much easier. Grapefruit spoons for digging out juicy bites. Straw bale gardening in the clay-soil southeast. Squeegees for shower walls, pizza stones. All are luxuries that cost a bit but made my life much easier. So what are your little luxuries that improve life or free up time?” – Summer H.
There are so many little luxuries that came up in the discussion. Here are a few:
- Digital tablets like the Remarkable
- My personal favorite, a garlic press
Do you grant yourself little luxuries? I tend to feel guilty or that it's not a valuable use of my resources. Then, I think about how many more meals I've cooked at home because of the garlic press. In the long run, I'm saving money on eating out. My mom sums this idea up the best. Every time I call her and ask, “Should I buy this?” the answer is similar. “How many times do you spend your money on this in a year? Does it make you happy?”
Now, little luxuries don't include the 75-inch TV I can't wait to buy, but for something like a garlic press, $12 over 365 days plus whatever I'm not spending in the drive-thru seems like more of a wise investment than a luxury.
Can you think of a little luxury that you've given yourself or your team in the veterinary clinic lately? The $20 pooper scooper that keeps your kennel attendant's back out of pain could be more than a little luxury. It could be a reminder that to the place they dedicate 12 hours a day to, they're worth a thought beyond a paycheck. There's greater value and deeper meaning in these little luxuries than meets the eye. If you see that, that's something to be proud of!
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