Jones Smiles - November 2017



November 2017



I love Thanksgiving. Ever since I can remember, Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. The endless food, desserts, and healthy servings of football certainly make a strong holiday; but the past few years, I’ve learned to love Thanksgiving for a greater reason. For me, Thanksgiving provides a time to gather with family and reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. In my house, it’s also the quiet before the storm of activities that always comes with Christmas. It’s a chance to just be together without having to be so busy. Recently in the office, a patient remarked to me before his implant procedure that he was thankful to live in a time of medicine that allowed for the replacement of a tooth. Even after thousands of procedures, hundreds and hundreds of prescriptions for antibiotics, and countless postoperative visits, I have never stopped to think about medicine allowing us to heal, and the miraculous design of the human body. It’s so easy to take for granted. In an age of constant Wi-Fi coverage, one-hour grocery delivery, heated car seats, and a pill for most ailments, it’s easy to take the smallest (and sometimes largest) things for granted. During these times, we try to reflect on all we are thankful for as a family, for time together, for health, for

freedom, and for the promise of daily bread. On a reflective note, if you are reading this, I want you to know that I am thankful for you! Almost seven years ago, Margaret and I picked up and moved eight hours back to Georgia, with a then 2-year- old in tow and one more on the way. We didn’t have a practice or a single patient; instead,

Happy Thanksgiving FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS!

we had a newly signed lease, a construction contract, and a vision for the kind of dental office we’d want to go to and devote our working life to. The support, friendship, and trust from each of you turned that vision into a mission we get to live out each day.

I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving full of food, family, fun, and thanks!

–Dr. Jones

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