Occasionally our office likes to do fun themes to surprise our patients. About six years ago our office decided to do an underwater theme. We decorated the office with lots of fish, seagulls flying from the ceiling and many other sea creatures mounted on our walls and ceiling. We had scrub tops that were filled with pretty fish and sea urchins.
We had cloth that was like water on the floorboards and beautiful sea shells. It really was an amazing sight and many of our patients would go home and bring their family members back to see our creativity.
For fun we purchased a 10 cent feeder goldfish and had a contest to name him. The winning name was, Mr. Bubbles. We had Mr. Bubbles for almost six years. He became our office mascot and when he recently passed we felt genuine sadness. He brought smiles to many of our patient’s faces when they would visit.
It was so amazing to see what a difference a 10 cent feeder fish could do to make our patients smile. Many would talk to him and ask him if we were taking good care of him. I cannot tell you how many times patients told us that Mr. Bubbles needed his water changed or that he might possibly want a friend.
Such a small creature made a big impact on our patients. Since Mr. Bubbles passing we have replaced him with two tiny feeder fish. Their names have yet to be decided. I think a contest is coming up soon to do so.
I guess my purpose in telling this story is let you know that sometimes it takes very little, like a 10 cent feeder fish, to make a big difference in your workplace.
Often we think more is better… I would suggest to think again.
R.I.P. Mr. Bubbles