Golf and Fishing and Dentistry
September 03, 2013
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Golf and Fishing and Dentistry...


            Life it’s own self tends to be a long series of humbling experiences.  As a general rule, just when you think you have something figured out, change happens.  As my old football coach taught me, “Nothing stays the same.  Everything changes.  You can get better or you can get worse, but you cannot stay the same.”


            I certainly do not consider myself a golfer, but I do enjoy the game.  I do not play to compete so much as to relax and fellowship.  It is amazing to me when I can (rarely) string together three perfect shots to eagle a par five.  Then, on the very next hole, I can struggle through eight shots on a short par three.  The addiction of golf is that a duffer like me can play one great hole per round and keep the hope of greatness alive.


            Offshore fishing is another humbling hobby.  There are few sunrises or sunsets in the world as pretty as the ones you will see from the middle of the Gulf of Mexico.  I appreciate the stars in the Hill Country, but they are twice as bright at sea.  In the last few years, our team has had shots at some incredible fish.  Some that might have won big money in the tournaments we were in.  The proverbial big ones that got away or were just not quite “big” enough.  Others that would have just been fun to catch, photograph, and release.  Through various twists of fate, these big fish were not to be.  And that’s okay.  We keep on and put in our time and good things will happen.  In the interim, we just enjoy being able to do what we do with the company that we keep.


            So what does this all have to do with fixing teeth?


            Dentistry is humbling as well.  We deal in millimeters and microns for success.  The difference between a perfect filling and a sensitive tooth can sometime be unknown.  We can perform a perfect procedure one hundred times successfully.  Then on number one hundred one, “it just doesn’t feel quite right.”  No tooth is the same and our bodies forgot to read the anatomy books.  As frustrating as this can be for both patient and dentist, it is what it is.  We just try to enjoy the patients that we see and the company that we keep.  Doctors do the best that science and technology and experience and research and skill can offer.


            We just try to get better every day.


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