Dental Misfit – All in, All out, Unsure

"You don’t look like a dentist!" "Really?" - What’s a dentist meant to look like? Can’t think how many times I’ve heard that line Makes you wonder though doesn’t it — Am I a fit — Are you a fit? Was it the right choice — Maybe yes, Maybe no, Maybe unsure But it happened and dentistry became my life and yours! For some that’s great, others a nightmare and…

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A FOGGY DAY

Why do we get caught up in the small stuff Why do we let our attention be drawn to things of no consequence Is it laziness that directs us to the easy option Or lack of discipline that prevents us getting on with the job Is it the incessant scrolling that numbs the brain or hours of telly Is it envy of others that prevents us moving forwards Or self…

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Rush Hour??? There must be more to life than this

Life slowed down there for a while — It had to But now — For many it’s returning to some semblance of normal Many are reported  preferring to work from home than have the commute Others just wish they had a choice to do something different The Eternal Question emerges… Surely there must be more to life than this? Have you ever asked yourself that question? I know I have…

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The Call

Staring, blank mind, seeing all around but not taking it in. Hour after hour just trying to decide what to do — Nothing comes The day goes by to be replaced by another — Much the same — The blank stare Is this depression — burnout — Just not really caring anymore Feeling nothing, staring, glazed over, no enthusiasm for anything Is this all there is to life — time…

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The London Syndrome

It seems like a lifetime ago now and I suppose for many it is. Back in about 1985 I started treating headaches I was amazed at how many people got theirs over the weekend AND Not caused by alcohol — They’d be fine all week Then Saturday morning they’d wake with a corker — Bed ridden, darkened room, day wasted Sunday time to recuperate Monday back to work — Only…

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The Way of the Gatekeeper

“As a staff or sheepdog would keep the sheep together from straying, so the role of gatekeeper is the same. He is responsible to oversee the people, gently guide the drifter back and keep those on the threshold of evil paths from taking another step in the wrong direction.” We ignore the gateway to our peril. Though it is the pathway into the temple, we neglect it, allowing the weeds…

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Tightrope Walking — Eggs Basket!

Of all the things that I thought would stop us working, a pandemic certainly wasn’t one. War, injury, sickness, burnout certainly crossed my mind but a pandemic, who would have thought. That even as an essential service our wings would be clipped to such an extent that many of us have just had to close down. Now I realise that we have been walking a tightrope, believing that our jobs…

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After The Storm 2. – Will you be flying high?

As I sit here wondering what to do Wondering when the storm will pass as it surely must Wondering whether life will be the same or different Wondering whether I want it to be the same or different I realise that I want different. When we are on the treadmill the things we wish to do, so often we don’t do Replaced by the necessary, the fundamentals, the must do’s,…

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After the Storm

I wrote this post a few days ago, just before what I wrote became a reality… SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST “Imagine that you had to stay at home Going to work no longer an option, jobs shut down, offices closed, no pay! We are living with that possibility — Right Now! Would you survive? Stuck at home could you work? Have you ever thought about it, perhaps even dreamed about…

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REALLY – After all these years – People still don’t get it?

Just yesterday I was involved in a conversation with another dentist and staff where I was reminded that many people view dentistry as drill and fill. To be fair this is a very real part of the job but it is by no means all of it. Today I was reminded once again of the view that many have of dentistry when a health based company could not see the…

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