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Every month More Voices invites readers to contribute short nonfiction prose pieces of 40 to 400 words on a healthcare theme.

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Reverse Burnout

 
I have a long commute to the hospital where I work. I've been doing this for a long time and have thought about retirement. So when I'm stuck on the turnpike in morning rush-hour traffic, when it takes me 60 to 90 minutes to get in to work, I often say to myslf, "Why am I doing this? Why not just quit, retire and enjoy life at home? I don't need this aggravation."
 
Then I spend the entire day seeing patients, many of whom I have known for a long time.  And at the end of the day, when I go back out to my car, I often think to myself, "That was fun! This has been a good day! I think I'll keep on doing this."

David Coulter
Natick, Massachusetts