I had a small but profound moment this morning. No, it wasn’t when the endodontist rasped his way nearly into my sinuses in an effort to clean out my “unusually small root canals” on the tooth that is getting crowned next week. It was about 45 minutes earlier.
I was sitting in the dental chair, waiting for the doctor to come and start the procedure, and listening to the radio station that was playing. Rather, I was trying not to listen, as the morning talk show in which the DJ’s were inciting Vikings fans to eviscerate Packers fans (and vice versa) was not exactly a relaxing prelim to my root canal. And that’s when I realized - it isn’t just civility in my politicians that I’m seeking with the Warm Hats Not Hot Heads campaign. It’s civility with each other.
And I felt like I owed it to every person out there who is knitting a hat to simply ask to have the radio channel changed. Not to make a fuss, or point fingers, just to point out that this nasty discourse dressed up as entertainment was not helping me relax, so it wasn’t helping the endodontist do his job, either.
I did, asking quite civilly and framing it up as the current channel wasn’t helpful to the procedure, and with no question and more than a little apology, the channel was changed. And maybe, just maybe, some more awareness was raised. It’s tiny grass roots efforts like this, repeated many times by many people of good heart, that will raise the standard of behavior for all.
It didn’t change the amount of ibuprofen I’ve needed to take over the course of today, but it did make me feel a lot better about myself and also about that entire office.