..Who never fails to notice
something in each person he meets,
And genuinely compliment each person
On what he notices.
Sometimes it’s what the other is wearing.
Sometimes it’s the job the other just did.
Sometimes it’s the sparkle in the other’s eyes.
And always people remark on how
Absolutely, positively, incredibly
Wonderful our friend, the complimenter,
Has nothing to do with you.
It’s all about them.
It’s all about what they see in themselves.
And you can never truly understand that
Because of what you see in yourself.
Always give love
And you’ll see love in yourself.
We have plumerias growing in pots out back.
Their scent wafts on the breezes,
Making us feel happy.
Their blossoms open and share
Til they fall off
And more blooms open.
My Shannon made me a lei years ago in Maui
For me to wear home on the plane to the continent.
It was plumeria blossoms,
the scent overwhelmingly wonderful
As I slept on the plane with the full moon visible
In the galaxy’s nighttime.
Plumerias abundant in Abu Dhabi
Mixed with the bougainvillea, the desert rose,
And the desert air.
What blossoms follow you through your life?
Which of their scents?
Which of their joy?
In social media, been following a precious man named Harold
As he cares for his little Teddy, a Yorkshire terrier.
Teddy had a torn ACL.
The tenderness with which Harold cares for Teddy
Through evaluation, diagnosis, labs, surgery,
Will remind each of you who have had a beloved one
Ill or injured, what it takes,
And what you feel.
That tells you everything you need to know
About your heart, your love, your life.
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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