If you wait to be sure, to feel ready, you may not be able to do anything remarkable.
If you are afraid to offend anyone, then you may not be able to do anything astonishing.
If you think only invincible types of people can do amazing things, you may not be able to do anything momentous.
If you decide to go for it now, there is a great chance you will do things astonishing, extraordinary, exceptional, tremendous, wonderful.
Start in your likely discomfort by doing tiny steps toward it. You’re not the same person you were last year. Challenge your beliefs, your certainties. Question what you’re so sure of. Like whether or not you CAN do extraordinary things.
Do something that is hard every day.
Even a little hard. Just do it.
Like wake up really early and read something inspirational. Start the day with exercise. Track what you eat. Really. Eat only nutritious food.
You’ll be surprised what you’re ready for, what you’re made of, what you can do!
Proud of you!!
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Your Place in the Cosmos
You came for a reason. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to leave this world a better place. You, yes you.
“When I say it's you I like, I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.” - FRED ROGERS
You have the power to do remarkable things... should you choose to accept the assignment.
What can you do when everything has gone wrong? What can you do when you have no money? What can you do in a disaster?
You, yes you, can do remarkable things. You can find it in you to reach inside and change anything for yourself that you want to change.
You are remarkable. You are full of love.
You, yes you.
Have you sometimes watched the moon rise, just after sunset?
It is another of those treasures of experience that can take your heart and hold it in peace and joy.
A sunset sky streaked with pink and gold, cut with jagged edges of purple and blue, left by the sun’s departure.
And, on the other side of the horizon, a perfectly round pale moon begins its ascent. Soon the pale has become bright yellow gold.
Enjoy your sky, your sunsets, your moonrises. Re-connect with nature’s peace. Find the calm, the answers, the questions in it all.
It is there. You are there. Don’t miss another day, another evening, another moment of the glorious that we call life. Hold it in your heart.
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A rainy day can be a contemplative day.
Curled up in a wing chair, feet on the ottoman, steaming cup of coffee in hand. A beautiful moment to contemplate, cherish and savor.
Never mind the metaphorical rainy day, but rather imagine the actuality of the soft rain, the very green of the wet trees and plants, and scents of the moist air laced with wet plant, mud, decaying fallen leaves and fresh rain.
Grab your opportunity soon, to ponder and enjoy just such a moment, hopefully on a weekend day of rest. Inhale the scents, absorb what your eyes can take in and listen to the sounds, no matter the season, of the insects, birds, and dripping rain.
Go to gratitude.
Can you feel it? As you relax into it, think of so many things you are grateful for - loves, work to do, goals to meet, and the rainy day.
Close your eyes and just be.
Why did you become a dentist, anyway?
To make more money?
To own and run your own business? To help people?
Here is the route to finding purpose in your profession.
Going for it.
Moving forward keeps you happy. And, conversely, stagnation is dying.
Live life to its fullest. Search for what you want to learn, become.
Look around you and notice friends, colleagues, others who seem really happy, probably really active, busy. Ask them what they are learning. Ask them what drives them. Ask.
Choose something to read, to learn about, to work toward.
Ask your husband or wife to do it with you.
Maybe get Norman Vincent Peale’s book, “The Power of Positive Thinking”. Good place to start.
Read it aloud to each other. You’ll be amazed at the results.
And you’ll be growing, learning, changing!
Dr Chris Baker
Dr. Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and teacher of orthodontics, An author, dental practice consultant, mentor, and a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools, Dr Chris is based in glorious Texas, USA. but lectures around the world.
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