Cove Family Dentistry - September 2019


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When I was in high school, our school motto was “ Non Vox Sed Votum .” It’s a Latin phrase that means “Not words, but deeds.” A more popular version of this saying is “Actions speak louder than words.” We can talk about what we’re going to do all day, but what really matters is what we actually do with our time. How do we use our time to be the best versions of ourselves? In the spirit of being the best me, I put Post-it notes with different motivational messages on my bathroom mirror. They are quotes or phrases that inspire me in some way. One of my favorite notes is a quote from Carl Jung that I’ve had up for months. It reads, “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” When I see that note, I think about my day, what I want to accomplish, and how I’m going to get it done.

My goals often involve setting aside time to do something with each of my children. This might mean going grocery shopping or cooking something together — any kind of one-on-one time so each of my girls knows how much I love them. Some other goals could be “Schedule a date night with my husband,” or “Pack a lunch so I eat something healthy today.” When I take into account my goals for the day, I am able to make the future I want for myself to come true. A lot of people struggle with goals. I certainly have in the past. I think this is partially due to the value we put on New Year’s resolutions. In late December and early January, we spend a lot of time asking each other how we plan on being a better version of ourselves in the new year. Then we stop thinking about it. Most people are lucky to stick to their resolutions until March, and those who fall off the wagon feel embarrassed. “I’ll try again next year,” we say when we think about our forgotten resolutions in July. Now we’re in September, with three more months left in the year. I view that as three more months to tackle those New Year’s resolutions. Whatever your goals are, big or small, I encourage you not to wait until Jan. 1 to start focusing on them. Take action now, and remember that even little steps can make a huge difference.

These daily goals don’t have to be huge and life-changing. The little accomplishments are just as important, and they add up. A while ago, I fell a little behind on my paperwork, so one week I made a goal to see the wood of my desk. As I write this, I’m happy to report that the wood of my desk is visible again. Another goal I achieved just this morning was sitting down to have breakfast with my husband, just the two of us. It was really nice to get some quality time together and a great way to start the day.

“When I take into account my goals for the day, I am able to make the future I want for myself come true.”

—Dr. Elizabeth Duling

With my goals, I try to maintain a good work-life balance.


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