All That Negativity
I've seen some interesting responses to some of my fellow ADVANCE bloggers' posts as of late. I've seen people suggest that they look for other careers, they negatively impact the profession, and they should essentially stop expressing their dissatisfaction the way that they do. I wonder if the people sending those responses have really sat down and contemplated why some of the bloggers have expressed things the way they have; a root-cause analysis perhaps?
I must confess, I once responded very inappropriately to a fellow blogger and had to send a letter of apology to that person (which was deserved) so I'm no saint on this topic, but I hope to have learned from my mistakes. Also, I've been feeling more negative myself as of late.
After hearing the comments and vision of the current APTA leadership, I'm somewhat encouraged by the direction they want to take the profession. However, working in a corporate environment, I'm seeing the harsh reality of what it's like to try to think and work outside the box of short-term financial gains. I say my fellow bloggers have every right to be angry! I'm angry. I can recall a time when I had time to spend with my patients in rehab and home care. I can recall a time when I didn't have to defend the most basic of treatments over and over again to managed care companies staffed by bean counters. I can recall a time when experience and expertise led to promotion, not an inability to get a job.
I say it's our responsibility to speak out when we feel something is unjust or the profession isn't being upheld to the best standard. Only by being outspoken might change occur. So for my colleagues who have been "negative" as of late, I salute you and join you.