I have intended to start a blog for a while. But there always seem to be more important things going on or the busy-ness of every day life takes over. However, it is here now, and I intend to write one every week. They will not be so much about the dentistry we do, even though that is one of my favourite things in life, but can be about anything that I come across in one form or another. I hope you will enjoy reading them.
My inspiration to finally start now comes from one of our amazing patients this week. She is a teacher of 6-year olds in Newcastle. To make sure the city kids don’t miss out on what comes naturally to our kids in the countryside she goes beyond of what is expected of the average teacher. This lady takes in two lambs, makes a little pen on the play ground of the school and then the classes come out one by one and the kids are allowed to cuddle these lambs. Can you imagine their excitement! The joy! Surely she had to overcome hurdles to get the go ahead. Imagine what Health and Safety would think… She credits a flexible headteacher…. probably true, but I would argue it is her dedication.
True dedication with her heart and soul to let every kid experience what it is like to be close to nature. In her words: ‘Nothing as cathartic as stroking a sheep’. This Dutchy had an idea, but obviously had to look up the exact meaning of this: Catharsis (from Greek κάθαρσις katharsis meaning “purification” or “cleansing”) is the purification and purgation of emotions—especially pity and fear—through art or any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration. To me, that is dedication to your little pupils. She must really love what she does, to bring a little part of herself to work in such a beautiful way.
It made me smile and reminded me of us, here at Berwick Smile. Our hashtags in our posts on Facebook and Instagram usually include #welovewhatwedo as that is just what it is…….. We love what we do …. true dedication.