|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 103-104
Life is always rich!
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry; Professor, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, KSR Institute of Dental Science and Research, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India
|Date of Submission||27-Jun-2022|
|Date of Acceptance||27-Jun-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||15-Jul-2022|
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry; Professor, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, KSR Institute of Dental Science and Research, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Asokan S. Life is always rich!. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent 2022;40:103-4
The word rich often brings to mind an image of opulence, extravagance, and an abundance of money. But is being “rich” only about amassing funds or material possessions? A rich inner life cannot be taken away easily like possessions. We not only become rich by treating our patients but also by the way we take care of them. Remember, it is always about treating the child and never just the tooth. Richness in life is multifaceted. Let us take a brief glimpse into different aspects that can help us build richer lives.
First comes financial stability and freedom in life. This dimension of life is extremely important as it can help us satisfy certain “needs” in hierarchy. As we climb up the pyramid of needs, the “deficiency” needs are taken care of and we move toward the “growth” or “being” needs, making us richer in life.
The second is kicking the comfort zone. When we become comfortable in our restricted zone, there is absolutely no growth. We need new experiences and challenges to dig deep and expand. Every day dawns with new materials and innovative technologies popping up in dentistry. It is crucial to be open to “learn, unlearn, and relearn” every single moment. Our practice and our life thrive when we learn to enjoy the journey of life without becoming stagnant, bored, or boring.
Third, we look at personal satisfaction and achievement. All of us tend to have long bucket lists and it is important to periodically self-introspect and recheck if we are heading in the right direction. It is simply about being a better person tomorrow than who we are today and nothing makes us happier than personal achievements. Stimulus-response outcome theory would be so very true if the reward we give ourselves today would act as a bribe for performing better tomorrow. A pat on our own shoulders would help us live better every day.
Fourth, give back whenever possible. Be it recommendations or referrals, sharing knowledge and ideas, or offering assistance, share your abundance. The best way to move forward in life is to give back. The engagement with peers through collaborations, students through teaching or mentoring, and children through parenting can be very life-enriching. As pediatric dentists, we can be ontological coaches helping our next generation toward better oral health care. It is important to ensure “generativity” and “integrity” in life as described in “Eight ages of man.”
Last but not the least, the people we earn in life. “Love and belongingness needs,” positive peer group influence, “identity,” “intimacy,” “zone of proximal development,” and many more concepts in psychological development are strong examples that prove that human beings are social animals. Surrounding ourselves with like-minded, passionate, and caring people can truly be a driving force both in personal and professional front. Be a team player and not a lone survivor. Be a leader and not a boss.
The resources, funds, our personal achievements, pay-backs, the supportive people, the new experiences, and the resulting growth do make our life rich! The simple habit of brushing twice a day goes a long way in oral health. All lasting and successful transformations in the journey of richness do require a change of habits in everyday living!
If you want to be rich, get your habits right!
Towards being rich,
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