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Being a dentist can be wonderful, but there is groundwork that must be done. There are three secrets to achieve satisfaction and success in dentistry -- but they're not taught in dental schools.
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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.
Habit appliances can dramatically change a child patient's life for the better. There is one particular appliance I've used over the years that seems to work the best of all.
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,
How can you best use your down time to truly relax and renew?
Is your down time a dose of sanity or a mind-numbing escape? Here are some ideas...
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,
Where orthodontics is headed... is in the direction of using sagittal correctors. Here are some details and how you can learn more.
In a 1956 song written for the Broadway musical, Most Happy Fella, Dean Martin sang,
“…Haven't got a girl but I can dream
"Haven't got a girl but I can wish
"So I'll take me down to Main street
"And that's where I select my imaginary dish
"Standing on a corner watching all the girls go by…”
Are you watching life go by? Wishing?
If you want - and of course you do - for your life to be INCREDIBLE...
Don’t sit on the couch and wish and wait.
Go out. Make changes. Smile a lot. Be excited.
Be courageous. Do new things. Do things that challenge you.
Get around people who challenge you and help you grow. Don’t gossip. Show and feel a LOT of gratitude.
Make gratitude your constant companion.
Remember the old Frank Capra film, "It's a Wonderful Life"? Here are a few thoughts on how to live a wonderful life as a dentist.
In my practice, I've found that the new sagittal correctors are amazing! We've just put a introductory two-hour course online that's also pretty amazing. And, for a little while, it's free to readers of Love & Orthodontics.
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 practices and blogs in beautiful Abu Dhabi, UAE, and glorious Texas, USA.
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