Have you ever been in one of those moods when you don't really know what's wrong, but you feel irritated with everyone and everything?
I feel as though I have spent the better part of June in some kind of tooth pain. I had a root canal this week and after I don't know how many pain pills and x-rays later, I feel ready to have some fun. Or at least put the distractions of three separate dentists behind me. Have you ever noticed how medieval some dental equipment appears to be? I had my eyes tightly shut, and could hear and feel some the same things I felt as a kid getting dental work done. And what is with that "tarp" they have to stretch across your mouth?
Remember that businesses are not run by robots. Real people feel real emotions and don't have switches that turn off these feelings. So, occasionally successful people and businesses go through some hard times. They don't always have the capacity to not be distracted by trivial or irrelevant things that don't apply to business. Everybody gets stuck sometimes.
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Try to stay focused and stick with your priorities and goals (not on the amount of money you spent on one tooth that could have bought the new kitchen appliance that you need to replace!) Take the right steps to get back to and reach your goals, don't let setbacks take you to far off course. Persist to overcome failures and allow patience to help you overcome hurdles that stand between you and your goals. Distractions will always be in your way, it's how you deal with them that will allow you to bounce back to your original wonderfully creative self.
Although I have tried to develop my mental toughness, I have spent the better part of the last week in agony. Starting late on a Saturday night, I developed a tooth ache that just would not quit. A few calls into our dentist on Sunday went unanswered until we called the office on Monday morning. A quick trip into his office confirmed that I had an abscessed tooth, which by then had me looking pretty swollen and red. I was put on an antibiotic and pain killers which did little at the time as I did not respond to this particular medicine. I was counting the hours in which he said I should feel better, when that time came and went we called their office and he changed to a stronger antibiotic which seemed to start working late the next day. (Don't even ask me how my stomach feels!)
I was also given the bad news that because this tooth had a crown on it, he would have to refer me to a specialist. It seems as though nobody does an entire job by themselves anymore! We did our research and found someone who was nearby and and their website stated he did this kind of procedure. We even questioned them when we called. Two x-rays later he let me know that he couldn't do this either, but he did charge me $106 to confirm what I already knew. The first impression of this office and of this dentist left a bad taste in my mouth(pardon the pun), and I will not ever return to his office. Sad that they resort to lying in order to get more business.
I have checked for dental insurance multiple time throughout our years of being self-employed and have always found it lacking. Needless to say, we have been quoted anywhere from $1050.00 to over $2,500.00 for this procedure. But, only around $150 to have the tooth pulled. They are definitely taking advantage of their expertise by functioning like a business who actually cares about the well being of people in general.
Have you noticed that there seems to be a dentist office in every shopping center and office park? I think there might be more of them then Starbucks!
In looking for any kind of service, it is important to be professional about what you do. Put your customers at ease with the job that you are advertising for, and do it correctly and efficiently. Don't cause more unnecessary pain.
Small acts of kindness can have a ripple effect. Think of all the little things that you have done that made someone smile.
Such as, holding the door for the person behind you.
Pick up a piece of trash, if everybody did this just once a day think of how much nicer our city would look.
Return a shopping cart, this could mean a few extra steps on your fitbit and a few less minutes out in the heat for the store employee.
Tip you server, they aren't waiting on you because they enjoy it!
Let someone in your lane. When I read this one I had to make a face, the way people drive in the Phoenix area is ridiculous lately. Everyone is driving faster than usual, except for the people in the very front of a pack of cars. So, maybe I will try to do this tip once a day, or maybe once a week. Baby steps, maybe it will catch on and the road will be a happier place!?
Are there any other small ways that you can think of to make the world a better place?
I'm sure there is something I'm forgetting/
Have a fun and relaxing weekend everybody!
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