I have nothing against dentists. As Jerry Seinfeld would say, I’m not an “antidentite.” However, during their work hours, they are not my favorite people to see. I can imagine you may feel the same way. No one enjoys the metal hook poking and prodding your gums. No one enjoys the shots in the jaw. And the high pitched squeal of that drill…SHOOT ME NOW! And I’m not sure if PAYING for the whole thing (a lot of $$$, btw) isn’t worse than the whole experience itself.
I can imagine it’s tough being a dentist. Not only do you have to put your hands in people’s mouths all day, but you also have to deal with their edginess, rudeness, crying, shouting and maybe even profanity as they bare through sometimes intense pain.
All that being said, as I sat in the chair today and had a VERY intense dental procedure performed I was pleasantly surprised by how kind the oral surgeon was to me. He was patient with my questions, complimented me on my shoes and his staff was very helpful the whole 3 hours I was in the office. They all seemed to not just be concerned with getting me “in and out” of the chair, but they actually seemed like they cared. Like I mattered. As if that wasn’t enough he personally called me this evening to check on me and make sure everything was ok.
Here’s a guy who is the LAST guy that anyone wants to see. He has EVERY reason, every excuse in the world to not be kind. Think about it…you have no choice but to see him, you are a captive audience in that chair and he is the one who will later write the script for your pain meds…he could act however he wanted to. He could have come in the room, performed the procedure without a word and left. This one acted better, and it made my day better.
When it’s all said and done, kindness is just better. Your life may not be ideal right now. You may be having a rough day. But, sowing a seed of kindness today will produce the fruit of joy tomorrow.
When others lash out a server at restaurant who gets their order wrong, you won’t because kindness is better. When others are in such a hurry and so busy that they fail to notice the people around them, you won’t be because kindness is better. When others raise their voice in disappointment and frustration at their spouse, kids, coworkers or employees you won’t, because kindness is better.
In the words of Mark Twain, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”