So on this day before Thanksgiving, a windy, wet Wednesday (its not really that windy, I just like the alliteration), I am sitting at Lenny’s Bagels on the Upper West Side cogitating my feelings of thankfulness.
I am grateful for so many things, not the least of which is that I’m at Lenny’s Bagels just around the corner from our new home. I am thankful that my son Jonathan is home from college sleeping in his new bedroom, albeit on an Aero Bed. I am thankful for the five pieces of furniture we now have in our home including our most important bed. (After sleeping on a Murphy bed for three months and then a box spring and mattress plopped on the floor, you can’t imagine the joy and gratitude I feel swinging my feet on the floor and standing up, instead of crawling out of bed on all fours until I could arise from the “ground”. Ah, the simple pleasures in life we so often take for granted.
As you know, these are not easy times. Many are still struggling with the aftermath of the financial meltdown and ensuing recession which (despite what the spin doctors might say) shows scant signs of letting up. Everyone has been affected, some far worse than others. I believe better times are ahead, but in the meantime, many are missing what they once had, like a good job and the self-esteem that comes with it.
Until things “return to normal” perhaps we should make a conscious decision to focus upon what is good in our lives: loving family, friends, and good health; and be grateful for what is right in our lives. I have observed the power of positive thinking and how a grateful outlook can put a bounce in one’s step.
On a different note, yesterday our office enjoyed our annual potluck Thanksgiving luncheon. DELICIOUS. I am so thankful for my wonderful staff that has helped me to create a warm and compassionate office ambiance and provide our patients with the best care possible.
Finally, I am eternally grateful for you, my wonderful patients. Thank you for the privilege and honor to be your dentist.