Do It Anyway

“Today I will do what others won’t so tomorrow I can do what others can’t”

I hate going to the dentist.  Without exaggeration, there is 0% of a dentist visit that I like.  Just opening the door of the dentist office brings a smell that is nauseating.  Add to it the lovely sound of drills scraping metal against teeth enamel and it is enough to drive me insane.  I had the lovely privilege of getting a cavity filled this morning so the smells and sounds were more intense.  But, even more, it was a joy for all my senses.  I got to experience water mixed with who-knows-what spraying into my face, the taste of Novocaine, and the sensation of numbness in half my face.  Yes, indeed, all my senses were having a blast.  Then, what may be the worst part of all, after my mouth had been stuffed with cotton, a rubber mask that they had somehow tied around my teeth and both of the dentist’s hands, he asked me a question that he seriously expected me to answer.  As I was grunting and trying to communicate without moving my mouth, I started to wonder if he was truly dumb enough to think that I could talk – and, if so, why was I trusting him to drill out my teeth!

do todayAs I drove home from the dentist I thought about the experience.  If it is truly that bad (and it is), why do I go regularly?  The simple answer is that the pain of not going (my teeth rotting out) would be worse than the pain of going.  I have decided to endure what I do not like so that I can have a better outcome in the future.  I think that is true with a lot of things.  The choices we make today have a direct correlation to how we live in the future.

So as I sit at my computer more than two hours after my dentist appointment and my mouth, face and tongue are still numb, I smile because I know that there will be one less thing to lose when I am old.  My teeth will be in my mouth and not in a jar on the nightstand 🙂

What hard choices are you making today to have a better tomorrow?  Please let me know in the comment section below:

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