I often see quotes on social media saying something along the lines of “When you find people just as odd as you, this is your tribe.” This quote had me questioning, what exactly is a tribe, if we look up this word, we shall see the meaning explained as a social division of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture or dialect. Now enter the workplace do we share these things in common with our employers and coworkers? Are those working to improve the lives of pets and owners, a tribe?
What are the things we share in common? A drive to further our knowledge, long hours, passion for our path, and a deep love and respect for animals, the ability to remain calm amidst crisis. And our dialect? PO, BID, SID, EOD, CHF, UTI, URI. What about culture? Hopefully, we all eventually find that one practice that we can lovingly call our home away from home — the place where we celebrate one another’s strengths and accomplishments and strive to improve in a safe and nurturing environment.
This writer is lucky that I have indeed found my tribe in the late hours of emergency and critical care. But like any good relationship, constant work is needed to maintain this delicate balance of trust and kinship. There are times when we become so busy that we forget the little things that improve relationships with those in our tribe. Sometimes a simple “thank you” and acknowledging another’s work is all it takes to brighten a coworker’s day. And a heartfelt apology when things may go awry is usually welcomed.
While we are all working hard to grow, let us not forget the beautiful relationship among those on the same path. After all, we have endured the same highs of the patient that pulled through, the lows of those who do not, and all of the unexplained scrub stains in between. I certainly hope we all can find happiness in every situation, and that every person can find their tribe as I have. And to those I work with, you have become so much more than coworkers through the years, you are my people, and I thank you for being the most random, silly and loving crew I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.