I am the love leader.
In my dental practice, my most important role is loving the child patients, the orthodontic patients, and, the parents of these. Funny thing, loving the moms and dads IS loving their children.
It’s easy to think of the patient needing your attention, compassion and excellence. Actually, the parent needs it even more. It is the parent who wonders if he is “doing the right thing” for his child. It is the parent who needs to trust me, so the child can feel his parent’s trust.
It’s the parent whose heart is lying on that dental chair. It’s the parent whose child looks to that parent, the person the child trusts the most, for assurance that all is ok.
What a wonderful job I have. LOVER.
And to you,
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Sometimes you get up earlier than usual and find a fresh morning, free of the weights of yesterday.
Sometimes you enjoy that steaming cup of coffee in your hands, and in the sips you take as you revel in the solitude.
Sometimes you notice the quiet that you otherwise rarely have.
The sun comes up to a new sparkling morning.
Hold your morning, with open hands and open heart.
This week, you could make your mornings special. "It’s just a regular day,” could be “It’s a splendid, sparkling day.”
Betcha your splendid sparkling day will surprise even you!
Here’s to that great cup of coffee and your brightly shining day!
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Our human nature - our ego - is confusing. You feel the emotions of anger, resentment, extreme emotions. It’s difficult to see or feel “past” those strong emotions.
Yet, those emotions are imprisoning you.
“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.” ~ Catherine Ponder
The next time you feel an extreme negative emotion toward someone, begin to think of forgiveness. Forgiveness in that there is “no more debt.” Forgiveness in that you move on, in freedom from those emotions.
Forgiveness does not have to say that the other person did nothing wrong. Forgiveness has to say that you are free, that there is no further debt holding the two of you together.
Hold it gently, mull it over and move into the light.
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Without failure, there is less strength. In your struggles comes your strength.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill
“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.” ~ Napoléon Bonaparte
You may not realize it when you are being strengthened, because the adversities, troubles, obstacles are taking your focus. But, that’s what is happening. You are getting stronger.
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” ~ Dale Carnegie
For today, for this week, keep on keeping on. Just when you thought you were lost, you are actually on the path to greatness.
Walking with you,
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Losing Walter, the love of my life, was tough. When he died, even putting one foot in front of the other was tough. Walking. Should be simple.
And we often don’t have just one 'tough.' No, often the 'toughs' weave in between life’s days and years. A crisis happens. You make a mistake. A major setback slips into your progress…
What can you do?
Choose. “With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” ~ Wayne Dyer
Do your best at that moment. “Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz
Remember what’s within. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Find people to love. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu
Say, “God, give me strength ‘cause this is tough. Give me strength ‘cause this is tough.”
And go love on folks in the meantime.
I send love to you,
Dr Chris Baker
America's most-trusted teacher of orthodontic continuing education, Dr. Chris Baker has practiced and taught for more than 30 years, and is a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools. She is a pediatric dentist, author, blogger, dental practice consultant, and mentor. Dr. Chris is also Past President and Senior Instructor of the American Orthodontic Society. She is based in Texas, USA, but lectures around the world.
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