Meet Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet, and Dr. Merryman
See what you can make of this proverb: “The three best doctors are Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet, Dr. Merryman.”
Here’s what I make of it:
PATIENT goes to DR. DIET, munching on Little Debbies and carrying a Coke and an assortment of candies, and potato chips, and cheese puffs, and other such etc. He says: “Dr. Diet, I don’t know why but I don’t feel very happy.”
DR. DIET, who is snacking on a banana, and holding an apple in the other hand, and has a bowl of other fruits on his desk, says: “Eat bananas, man, and apples, and spinach, and carrots. I’m perfectly happy.”
PATIENT goes to DR. QUIET, talking on the phone while typing away at his computer. Without taking his eyes off the computer or putting the phone down, he says: (On the phone) “Hold on a sec, I have to talk to this doctor.” (To the doctor) “Dr. Quiet, I don’t know why but I’m not very happy.”
DR. QUIET shows him a bed, all ready with clean sheets and a comfortable pillow and, without saying a word, he urges the patient to lie down.
PATIENT: “I don’t have time to sleep. I’m too busy.”
DR. QUIET shrugs, lies down on the bed, and goes to sleep. He’ll look happy when he wakes up.
PATIENT goes to DR. MERRYMAN, dragging his feet, a frown pulling his lips down, his back hunched and shoulders dropping. He says: “I don’t know why but I’m not very happy.”
DR. MERRYMAN, jumping from one foot to the other and displaying a big smile that shows his teeth, says: “First off, start by straightening your posture. Then by smiling. Once you’ve managed that, have fun, enjoy yourself. Start jumping around. I’m perfectly happy.”