Long time, no blog! Where does the time go… First I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and hope that 2015 will bring you peace, health, and joy. And I'd also like to thank all of our patients for their loyalty and business this past year. Its been a good year in many ways but also a challenging one. Its been a year that has asked us to maintain the proper perspective. I was reminded of this just this past week.
I've been working with a patient on an extended treatment plan for a while and we got down to what we had hoped would be the final "we're-finally-done" appointment. But as we went to deliver the case, it just didn't look as nice as it needed to. The patient was so gracious, but I was very much disappointed. Maybe if I were a better dentist, we might have been done by now. Maybe I if had a better lab, the case might have looked better. Maybe if the patient had not waited so long for treatment, his case might not have been so complicated. How easy it is to place blame. He was my last patient before lunch, and I stewed about it all afternoon and although we weren't dealing with a pain issue or an infection, I had really hoped to finish him off before Christmas. My last patient of the day was coming in for a routine check up and cleaning. I hadn't seen her for a while and I come to find out that her husband had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and the prognosis was bleak. Wow. It really hit me how although my problems are real to me, in the big picture, being upset about a case that didn't finish up right away is nothing compared to dealing with issues like cancer, divorce, foreclosure… things that good people are suffering through right now. Whatever you are going through, someone always has it worse. I need to remind myself just how blessed I am to have the problems that I do.
Life can really hit you in the face. Its especially hard around the Holidays… a time when you are "supposed" to be happy. For many people, this time of year can be very difficult as it only seems to remind us of what trials we are going through, what dreams we've had to let go of, and what we've lost along the way. We are bombarded with books, councilors, and so called experts that tells us what will make everything ok. If you just follow this diet, you look and feel great. If you just invest in this, you'll be rich. If you do these things, you're marriage won't have any more problems. If you spend this much time thinking about this set of idea's, all your stress and anxiety will go away. If only all those things were true. I like how Jesus put it when He said that in this life we will have troubles. He didn't try to sugar coat the human experience and tell us that everything will go our way. He told it like it is. Its like what my grandfather always told me. "Tommy Boy, if you like solving problems, you'll be happy your whole life."
So if you've had a blah kind of Christmas, don't worry you're not alone. But take heart. There is reason to celebrate. We are not abandoned. We don't have to rely on our own strength to make it past our struggles. There is hope for the future. God is with us. Emmanuel. Happy Birthday Jesus.
Until next time...
Posted by FVDC Office on December 29, 2014 at 8:40 PM
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