I’m back living in Colorado after driving 32 hours straight across country with the exception of a 4 hour nap. It was a trip fueled by memories, dreams, worries, hope and coca cola. It was strange because I did not get sleepy during my thoughtful journey. I forced myself to nap based upon safety concerns more than exhaustion.
I remember back during the invasion of Iraq, we had 4 day long missions where one would be lucky to get 2-3 hours a day worth of shut-eye. No one from my squad complained about the lack of sleep. We just past out when we could and kept pushing forward. The complaints really did not begin until the bullets stopped flying. When life settled down we found ample time to realize we were miserable and than some of us began to travel down that slippery dark spiral of doubt. Dreams are crushed by doubt, so it must be controlled. Every emotion has its uses but some emotions can be a detriment to soul. We must be cautious in life and doubt can often be a tool that allows us to make rational decisions but when one has a mission or task to accomplish then doubt needs to be eliminated. I have battled doubt and other insecurities my whole life. It is a battle that will only be lost when one gives up. So the trick is to face each challenge head on even if doubt exists basically disregarding the negative influence of the emotion. You can also use ones insecurities to fuel your motivation to become better at the task needing to be achieved. Let it motivate you to greater heights. Doubt will always win if you let it keep you from doing what lies ahead.
I am sitting in the small town of Morrison, CO just west of Denver. There is a creek behind me and I listen to the splendid chorus which puts me a drift in a flotilla of peace. I spent 5 hours just riding my motorcycle today. There was no route nor destination, just the ride. I cannot tell you where I went but I can tell you that I felt thousands of wonderful nervous butterflies as I twisted through the most phenomenal mountain canyons. You don’t know how bad you had it till you ride some of these gorgeous highland roads.
By the end of my 5 hour jaunt, my brain was fried with curvaceous memories of twisting Bliss……………
No One likes the dentist. Even when you have perfect pearly whites, the trip to the dentist is still uncomfortable. It’s bad when the dentist whips out the drill to do some enamel fabricating. The worst in my experience is the tooth extraction, at this point just knock me out.
I feel bad for the dentist and the dental hygienist. They have a tough job and should get more credit for what they do. How many people brush their teeth and use mouth wash before their dental exam? It’s a fair question. How would you like to go to work with someone less than ½ inch from your nose breathing into your face with bad breath? I can’t deal with my own breath when I wake up in the morning let alone someone else’s halitosis all day long. It does not stop there. They have to live in constant phobia of getting one of their fingers bit off by some yahoo with an Oral Reflex Response Disorder or ORRD for short (I just made up this medical condition but I am sure it exists). It’s all fun and games until some whack job with bad breath bites your index finger off because you touched their tongue. Life changes when you lose a digit and it’s not for the best.
I have a theory to improve your Dental Experience, at least it works for me. Have you ever noticed that in life, it’s never about you? When is the last time you have had all the focus completely on you in a beneficial way? Think about it, when you are at a restaurant, is your server totally concentrating on you or are they multitasking? Do your kids pay attention to you during dinner after you cooked the meal and worked 60 hours a week to put food on the table. Does your cat really care that you’re alive? If you’re like me, you will find that most of the time, you are not the primary focal point of life. Here is the good news. When you go to the dentist, everyone is totally dedicated to the betterment of your mouth. A dentist or dental hygienists is not worried about random thoughts and ideas when working on your teeth because they are too concerned about your Oral Reflex Response Disorder and don’t want to lose a finger in the mouth betterment process. They are 100 Percent FOCUSED on your Oral Health. I say celebrate that truly unique focus, you won’t get it anywhere else. Yes, the whole situation is uncomfortable and can often be horrifically painful but at least you can say that the whole situation revolved around the betterment of you. That is a rare situation indeed.