On the Sunny Side of the Street

I don’t know if we are born with a positive outlook or choose to cultivate it, or both.  All I am is glad that I had one today when I went to the vet’s to pick up flea medicine for my two cats, Booger and Mow.

As I walked up to the door I noticed that neither man nor beast seemed to be in the waiting room.  Odd, I thought, for a Friday, and then I opened the door and walked in.  My ears were struck by a cacophony of sound.  Barks, whines and meows, you’re thinking, right?  Oh no. No no no.  Women’s voices.  Layers of them. Varying decibels of them.  Sopranos, altos and tenors of them!

3 behind the desk, 5 in front, 2 in the corner all talking at once.  I backed myself to the corner of the room and took it all in with shock at first and then I could feel the smile creep across my face.  Listen to this!  Everyone’s talking yet no one seems to be interrupting. How can that be?  Business is being conducted calmly with no loud, angry tones poking through or phones ringing to disrupt the swirl of voices. I feel like I’m in a stage play where all the extras have been told to murmer murmer until the lead character enters stage left.  Oh, is that me? No, Polly, it’s not about you.

My smile grew wider when I realized that all the animals, on the other hand, were stone silent.  Cats, dogs, caged, on laps and in arms were mute.  Are they as stunned into silence as I am?  Isn’t this our place to be loud? This continued for a good 90 seconds.

And just as suddenly as I entered this whirlwind of chatter, they all finished their business and left. Quiet filled the room.

“Line please”  is what I wanted to say (you see, I do like thinking I’m writing my own movie, Linda) but instead I used my softest voice and asked for Booger and Mow’s medicine, paid and left the office to a few more moments of quiet…before the barking started.

This motivational speaker is glad she sees the positive side of things because that makes life a lot easier to deal with!  I’m definitely going to use this story as part of one of my talks called “On The Sunny Side of the Street”!


Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
To book Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford, call 941-685-7725 or visit her at http://www.pollypitchfordmotivationalspeaker.com/

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  1. Ha ha ha!  A little movie in a movie!  Too bad you couldn’t discreetly whip out your cell phone and start recording!  How funny…

  2. Oh, Polly, what a brilliantly sunny moment you have just added to my day. I LOVE this post, and I LOVE you writing. I can’t wait to go share it right now – and shine your brilliance with the rest of my readers. 

  3. Too funny, Polly. Love the quiet animals and talking people!

  4. That would have been a funny picture – all the humans talking and the animals stunned into silence.  Hope you have this same mindset at NSA – 1700 people talking all at once!!!

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