I was sitting in the chair at the dentist’s office today and staring at the light fixture overhead. It looked like the same ominous lamp I’ve seen in every dentist’s office I’ve ever been in, over every decade I can remember. I was thinking there should be more attention given to the design of things from a patient’s viewpoint. There is the potential here for an interesting ceiling design — something cheery, fun, or calming, that would make the patient experience a better one.
I understand that some people have fears and phobias about going to the dentist, but I don’t. For me, going to the dentist is as easy as a walk in the park.
I told the doctor today that when I was growing up, my dentist lived in the house next door. I was never afraid when going to see Dr. John. He was like an uncle to me. It was fun to see him in his office when I was used to seeing him in his own house, or as a guest in ours. I always think of Dr. John when I have a dental appointment.
My current dentist is located in New York City near my former office when I worked at Estee Lauder. Even though his office is no longer convenient for me, I still go there. I like the doctor, and I like the view out his office windows to Central Park. I actually enjoy going to the dentist.
After I left the dentist office today, rather than walk back toward my car along 57th Street, I walked through the southern end of Central Park. I had visited this corner of the park many, many times during the years I worked at Estee Lauder. Walking through the park at lunchtime was therapy for me, an escape from the chaos, stress, and drama of the work day. I would daydream about the plantings that John and I would have in our garden at home.
I walked through the park today for about 15 minutes, and I saw wildlife…
and a rainbow…
and mythic figures.
live. enjoy. repeat.