Today, I was thinking how important an organ the heart is.

For our bodies, the heart is the engine that keeps everything going.

It literally fuels the entire body so that we can accomplish amazing things.

These last few months, it’s been hard to get myself up to work out. Some days, I have to look at a pouty face in the mirror while doing my cardio routines. Not pretty, or inspiring.

But without a strong heart, my arteries will clog up (I know because nutrition is also hard).

As a Retail Pharmacist, my work doesn’t require much movement. But my brain needs oxygen and sugar. That’s where the heart comes in.

Especially being a manager, I’ve never been so mentally drained.

And that’s why I force myself to do cardio. I hate running, so boxing, battle ropes, and table tennis are creative ways to strengthen the engine.

If I want to be a beast, I need to take care of my body like the machine it is.

But thinking about this makes me think about the Community Pharmacy profession at large.

All across the nation, the spirit and passion of pharmacists seem to be dying.

Cynicism, disillusionment, resentment, and anger plague our fellow PharmDs.

Our metaphorical heart is dying because we are failing to take care of our engine: the passion for what we do.

Some people call it the Oath of the Pharmacist; others call it their personal mission.

Whatever that is, we have to work on strengthening it every day.

Stephen Covey (RIP) uses the analogy of “sharpening the saw.” At some point, sawing harder and harder will dull the sharp edge, becoming less effective by the second.

How dumb would it be to keep sawing relentlessly, crying, “I don’t have time to sharpen the saw; I’m too busy sawing this tree!”

But, everyday our brethren do this at the pharmacy. Skipping our lunches and breaks, neglecting our passions, and accepting the status quo.

What a tragedy.

All I know is that we reap what we sow. If we neglect our hearts, our bodies and spirits will wither away. It’s inevitable.

Don’t let that happen.

Waking up to work out is hard enough. But waking up with a dead spirit to work at the pharmacy is even worse.

What are you going to do today to sharpen your saw?

-Mr. Corporate Pharmacist