March 7, 2013

The Occasional Occupational Distraction

Ryan is our cleaning guy, our transport driver, and our "hey! can you please help with  > insert any random task in here <  guy. With 100+ animals in the adoption center, a busy clinic, 31 employees, and numerous volunteers, we keep him very busy.

He takes it all in stride, a kind of bouncy, hopping stride actually, with a big smile on his face. Floors are mopped enthusiastically, and then dry towels are placed under his feet as he slides across the lobby to thoroughly dry them. The sight of a 6 foot tall dude skating through the main floor does not even phase us anymore, it's just part of the routine at noon and 7 pm.

He is the guy who can spin the most disastrous of days into "win -win" situations, has added live plants to our windows, recycles the cardboard, and stops everything to give puppy hugs on his way out to the trash dumpster.

Angels of Assisi is a stepping stone for Ryan while he is college, and we'll miss him when he flies the coop one day. For now, we'll enjoy him, poke fun of his granola and avocado lunches, and remind him that if he keeps up his win-win combination of compassion, attitude, and hard work, he's going to take this old world by storm.

In many ways, he already has.

Ability is what you're capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
― Raymond Chandler


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