Giving Thanks To Dentistry

Thanksgiving here we come.  Can you believe it?  Next week we head into that wonderful day where families come together to celebrate being thankful for all that we have and especially the people in our lives.

I’ll have the chance to say more on it next week.

In keeping with that theme and jumping off from last week’s idea about choosing to be happy, I’d like to take a few minutes of your time today to focus your gratitude, give thanks, and reflect on what it is you do…

Dentistry as your way of taking care of people.

You are so great at it and you could have chosen anything.  Picking this, it’s just right for you and that’s a special thing.

We all know it’s a very common feeling to think that the grass is greener somewhere else or wishing things were different or easier or less stressful or whatever.  But, you know what, at the end of the day, you are doing pretty darn good and you should be proud of that.

So, my question the week before Thanksgiving is: what are you thankful for in regards to what you do, the people you are around, the impact you make, and the passion you have?

I don’t want to elaborate too much because I’ll be taking away your answers.

Of course, the meaning and significance of your life is your family.  We can certainly make a long list (and we just might next week) about all that there is to be thankful for.

Let’s start this week with your Daytime Family, your work in Dentistry, and your care for your Patients.

Take turns sharing what you love the most, what makes you happy, and all the ways you are thankful.  When you talk about the people you are thankful for, don’t forget yourself because without you there wouldn’t be anybody to give the thanks and make possible so many reasons for other people to be thankful for too.

It is always nice to celebrate and to take the gratitude inventory in order to remind yourself how great you’ve got it.  Of course, it’s not by accident or without work and sacrifice – but it’s always worth it because it leads to so much more to be thankful for!

I won’t make you break out the colored pencils and trace your hand to draw a turkey.  Instead, make it your own and have fun with it.  Be as creative as you’d like;  build a team list of everyone’s answers or share with your patients.

You deserve to feel great about who you are and what you do.  If you look hard enough, there is always more to be thankful for.

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