When the art and science of dentistry is reduced down to primarily being about “production” and code mining, its spiritual dimension is easily lost. Spend a few minutes on some dental social media sites, and you will quickly see this truth in black and white.
Dr. Pankey warned about this problem. The key to becoming a truly successful dentist isn’t just about mastering the technical, and making a lot of money. Such narrow pursuits are ultimately hollow, and do not represent enough to carry you through life as a fully developed and fulfilled person. And they do not represent enough to carry you through life’s inevitable tragedies and periods of suffering.
Creating a habit of connecting with your patients in a deeply meaningful way, helps you to form up the emotional antibodies which can carry you through the eventual not-so-good times…the times when all the money and material things in the world can’t solve your problem. The times when only love, support, and reciprocated understanding can begin to heal your wounds.
Never forget this. Chasing after the next new and shiny object may not be the the best solution for your situation today, as the best solution may very well be sitting right there in front of you.
Paul A. Henny, DDS
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