So it was the first Monday of the New Year and one of my most beloved patients, having just learned that my office was closed for the holiday, called me on my cell phone to report a dental mishap. As odd as this may sound, I was thrilled to hear from her and to be speaking with her. (And no, I’m not some sadistic dentist of the Little Shop of Horrors variety reveling at someone’s dental emergency) as she was very quick to point out that she was not in distress and could wait until tomorrow to see me. Having known each other since 1984, she knows I would have opened the office to see her if need be.
Bernice called me to make sure I would be in the office this week to see her before she jetted off to Israel to attend a Hadassah conference. I was excited to speak to Bernice because she is a most dynamic, compassionate inspirational individual. To be speaking with her at the onset of the New Year was, well it was… inspirational.
You see, Bernice is 98+ years young with the optimism and “can do” spirit that inspires me to embrace 2012 with vigor and optimism. But there is more to this than being “pumped up” for the adventure of a new year; it’s being reminded that to be fully engaged in life is not to look at the calendar and push the restart button with the arrival of January 1st. Rather, it’s to take each day as the gift it is (whether it’s Monday January 2nd or Thursday October 12th) and to make it count.
As the saying goes, Carpe Diem – Seize the Day…everyday! And before you know it, 35,770 days will pass by (that’s 98 years) and you will still look forward to tomorrow. That’s what I call living a fulfilling life and that’s the lesson Bernice has taught me by example.
While I have already wished you all a Happy New Year, maybe what I really wish for you is fulfillment of a life fully lived.