Lake Oconee Dentistry - January 2019




JANUARY IS NATIONAL THANK-YOU MONTH My Resolution to be More Grateful

For many people, preparing for the New Year’s countdown is the most exhilarating part of the holiday season. You tune your TV to the ball drop in Times Square, hand out party hats, confetti, and noisemakers and raise your flute of champagne high into the air as you sing “Auld Lang Syne” with friends and family. The most quintessential end-of-year practice is making a list of resolutions you hope to achieve in the months to come. Unfortunately, studies indicate approximately 80 percent of goals set in the month of January are long forgotten by the first week of March. While I definitely believe in the value of goal setting, the typical process of New Year’s resolutions sets people up for failure due to the lack of specificity. A person might say, “I want to be healthier,” but then he or she doesn’t set up a way to measure progress. There needs to be a system in place to help keep people on track and intentional about their goals. One of my goals for 2019 is to express my gratitude more often. In order to achieve this objective, I have made a list of people to whom I want to show my gratitude. I'll write them a letter, give them a call, or just let them know how great they are the next time we cross paths. I don’t want to wait until it’s too late to tell the important people in my life what they mean to me. I want to be intentional about showing my gratitude now. Who is on my list? Well, the first two people I’d like to thank are the two people who know me best. First, my mother, Violet. When I was growing up, my mother was one of the people who consistently believed in me. She always approached my effort, talent, and drive with positivity, and she pushed me to strive for more. I am the youngest of five children, and when I was in junior high and high school, my mom recognized my love for learning. She encouraged me to go to college — and I was the first in our family to do so. During college, I told her that I wanted to pursue a career as a dental hygienist, and she encouraged

me to take my dreams a step further and become a dentist. I had never considered the possibility of being a dentist, but as you know, I did end up following her advice. That experience taught me that people sometimes see something in you that you don’t necessarily see for yourself, and I thank my mother for helping me recognize my true calling. The second person on the list is my husband, David. We met in 1992 in dental school, and we have been by each other’s side ever since — literally! We started our practice in 1998, when we lived in an apartment above our office, so we spent our entire work day together and then went upstairs to spend the evening together. Of course, we’ve since moved out of that apartment, but we continue to spend the vast majority of our time occupying the same spaces. People ask me all the time, “That seems difficult. How does it work?” I get it. There are very few people who could have their partner both as a spouse and a coworker, but I truly can’t imagine not having him at work with me. Between brainstorming, consulting on cases, and making business decisions, I find our time together at work so valuable, and it’s reflective of the way our relationship has always been. We are married, but it’s also a real-life partnership. While we’ve both changed individually over the past 21 years of marriage, we’ve grown together as well. I’m grateful for him and thankful we are still the best of friends. As you start making your list of resolutions for 2019, I encourage you to think of people you would like to thank. From all of us here at Lake Oconee Dentistry, Happy New Year!

–Dr. Patti

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