Primary Eye Care Associates - January/February 2020



If money were no object, what dream of yours would you make a reality?

was thinking about how I enjoy Mexican food. We keep paying forward these random acts of kindness, and it creates such a great feeling, especially if you’re having a not-so-great day. If money were no object, I would want time so I could perform more actions that lead to people paying forward the kindness they received. You might be thinking: Can’t you do those sorts of things while still having a finite amount of money? Well, yes, but I think we all tend to take care of ourselves before we take care of others. You may be going through your day thinking, “Once I get out of debt or once I save enough money, then I’ll start paying it forward.” I challenge us all to start now — not when you lose the weight, or get out of debt, or if he or she changes first. I tell my kids all the time, “Act now as if you had all the time and money in the world. It’s that attitude that makes you attractive, healthy, and fun to be around. You will perform better on exams and in class.” So instead of answering the question “if money were no object,” why not act as if that were the case right now? The other day, my parents, who were visiting for holidays, had to be dropped off at the airport during a time when I was at the clinic. “No problem,” I thought, “My kids

Some of you might have a pretty good answer to that question. As for me, it’s a hard question to answer with a lot of certainty. However, if money were no object, I would want to be more generous with my time. I would want to use my time to create experiences for the people I know and love, maybe so they can take my created experiences and pay them forward, so to speak. If it hasn’t happened to you, you’ve probably at least heard how someone at a Starbucks or another coffee shop paid for their order and for the person behind them in the drive-thru. That led them to pay for the person behind them, and so on. It’s a little deed that only takes a few seconds to start, but it can create a chain reaction of kindness among strangers. Here in the clinic, I practice this philosophy all the time — sometimes, it doesn’t even cost money. I can bring the team breakfast for our weekly huddle meetings or just give someone a compliment. Just the other day, Carol, our marketing director, had a cup of my favorite soup waiting for me in the lunchroom. Renee randomly brought me tacos the other week because she

will gladly drop them off.” When I told the kids, Shyal said, “Can’t we just get them an Uber?” but that’s not the kind of thinking I mean when I say to act like money is no object. While an Uber Black may be convenient and seem like a nice gesture to some, I asked him, “Is it right to have a stranger take your grandparents to the airport or is it better for you to take them, engage in real conversation, and physically hug them at Midway’s entry?” You may not be rewarded immediately for acts of kindness, but you will be rewarded. That’s a guarantee. I’m not saying to go out and buy something you can’t afford for yourself or others. Rather, we all have the same amount of time given to us each day, so why not use that time to create value, as if money was not an object? Until we all have an unlimited supply of time and money, however, we just have to look up from our own lives every once in a while and perform random acts of kindness wherever we can manage them.

Until next time, eye’ll see you later!

– Dr. Steven Chander

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