You remember wanting to make a difference in the world. The drama of everyday life has gotten in the way. Deep within you, almost forgotten, is the desire to live a life of purpose, that burns with passion. Your “To Do List” has never been completed, there is always more to do. So, how do you change your life?

Today, I’m going to share with you a glimpse of my husband’s life. The life of a Dentist, in a smallish city, in Southern Colorado. Dave did not grow up wanting to be a Dentist. At first, he thought he wanted to be an Architect. That didn’t last long, he then decided he wanted to be a Medical Doctor, too much schooling and not the lifestyle he wanted, he switched, yet again. Fast forward, he graduated Dental School and returned to his home town, started his own practice, joining a small Clinic, where his father was also a practicing Dentist.

So, you may be wondering, where is the passion in that?! Stay with me. My husband loves his patients. Because of HIPPA (we all signed those forms), I may not get to hear who it is, but he’ll let me know about the college student that’s home on break, or the women that has lost her husband who had just retired. Dave knows he is helping his patients’ overall health. He is passionate about it. He knows the work he does makes a difference in their lives.

Dave also does some screenings for preschools and daycare centers, and provides dental care for a group of Cloistered Nuns in our community. That fills the desire to feel and know that your life is making a difference in the world. If you think I’m being dramatic, think again.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

Alone, his community based efforts may not seem like much, but complied with the works of others, it’s making a difference.

So now, what are you doing that is helping to make the world around you better? If you are volunteering in any way, you are contributing. Sometimes, it’s the quiet, no drama, daily/weekly/monthly effort that is making the difference. I’ll bet, that you are passionate about what it is you are doing, helping, volunteering, giving of yourself. Or, you wouldn’t be doing it. So, the next time you go to do, what it is that you are helping with, enjoy, be aware, and savor your efforts.

If you notice, I started out with talking about work, and ended up with volunteering. Take a few minutes and stop and think about the work you are doing. It matters to someone, or it wouldn’t need to be done. I believe we can get caught up in the bright, shiny, flashiness of what we perceive as glamorous and passion filled work of others.

Take your rose colored glasses off, and take a magnifying glass look at your own life.

At some point you were passionate about it. Yes, you will still have a “To Do List”, but just maybe, by looking at your life and looking for the good in it, you’ll be able to remove some of the items, because you have found, they just aren’t necessary. Or, you’ll find, you don’t mind doing them after all, some of the things you do, you’re passionate about. And, when you get honest with yourself, you are making a difference in the world. The world around you.

Strength – Be honest with yourself and look within, not comparing your life with other.
Dignity – Continue to volunteer doing something that matters to you. If you aren’t, don’t let the sun go down, before making a commitment to start giving back, some of yourself.
Grace – If you were playing the “Oh woe is me song”, be gentle with yourself. It’s easy to look at others and think they are living a life of passion.

The next time you have a Dental appointment, please say a kind word, and be grateful for the care you receive.

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