Think back to last week. Did you have a ‘Remarkable Thursday’?
On a typical Thursday, I spend the day with my amazing team treating patients the way I would want to be treated. In the evening, I walk in the door to my favorite words on Earth, “DADDYYYYYYY!” from my daughter, a smile from my infant son and a big hug from my wife. I know I am truly blessed with remarkable Thursdays.
What makes your Thursdays remarkable? Like most young adults graduating from high school, I was undecided on my career path. I knew I was interested in dentistry, medicine and forensics. When asking my mom for advice about college, I remember her saying, “Years from now, when you are 30 or 35, I’m going to call you on a Thursday evening and all I care is that you can say ‘I’m happy, mom. I had a good day. It was a remarkable Thursday.’”
She did not care whether I was a dentist, a medical doctor or a forensic scientist. It did not matter to her whether I was single or married, living in an apartment or a mansion. She knew the only thing that mattered was whether I was happy at the end of the day. Fifteen years later, I can report that my Thursdays are honestly Remarkable. If I were to give advice to recent graduates or anyone searching for self-improvement, I would share a few lessons I have learned along the way.
I kept the idea of “Remarkable Thursdays” in mind as I shadowed professionals in different fields and made my decision to pursue dentistry over my other interests. I have found it helpful to set goals, not only for major life decisions, but for daily and weekly activities. Decide what a Remarkable Thursday would look like for you and then work to make it a reality.
It took over a decade of “Not So Remarkable Thursdays” in college, working multiple jobs for four years in the Navy, then two more years while I grew Moore Dental at Lewis Center, to get to this point. Remarkable Thursdays do not happen overnight. They take hard work, dedication and focus.
Most of my Thursdays start with a swim at 6:00 am. I also start with a healthy breakfast. Participating in some type of physical activity and fueling your body with the proper nutrition will give you the ability to power through your remarkable Thursday, no matter the challenge.
Treat Everyone You Meet with Kindness
One of the greatest gifts we can give to another person is kindness. Every person you meet will have a role in your life, be it big or small. Some will help you grow, some will inspire you to do better. At the same time, you are playing some role in their lives as well. Know that your paths have crossed for a reason and treat people with respect. Treating people this way at my practice is a large part of why my Thursdays are so remarkable.
I have the privilege of helping people, working with my hands and supporting my family through the challenging and rewarding field of dentistry. Whether it’s a relaxing Sunday at home with my family or a full day at the office, every day has the opportunity to be Remarkable.
Cheers to dental health,
Dr. Cliff Moore