Tuesday, May 11, 2010

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May is the month of Graduations – a time of growth, spring, completion, evolution.  It is also a time of reflection.  Look where I’ve come from.  Evolution and growth can be a very good thing, but change just for the sake of change is not a good thing.  Core ideals are not to be discarded, but built on.

I often talk about the key f-words in dentistry-fluoride and floss.  But in terms of core beliefs, there also are f-words.  Faith – family – freedom . . . these are core ideas which anchor all of us.

Faith is more than simply religion or a litany of beliefs, it is the reason for living.  Many of us can look back at a profound faith-generating moment or moments.  Those are life-directing moments.  Some are linked to previously defined summations.  The Ten Commandments are foundational for many of faith.  These are not suggestions from which we must evolve.  No, these are Commandments, which ground many people.  They need not evolve or change.  Poor behavior needs to change to follow these core concepts.

Family is the second core that anchors me in so many ways.  If you’ve never had a family group, you are missing one of the best parts of life.  This nuclear unit of life teaches more about commitment, trust, and love than most any part of life.  Family is that kernel within us, foundational to all that we are and directional to all we become.

Freedom is another f-word we, in the United States of America, often taken for granted.  As is frequently stated, freedom is never free.  The ancestors of this country affirmed what this country was and is in the Constitution.  This document is not today an antique, yellowed, fatigued statement.  The constitution is more vital today than ever.  We should reflect on all that is stated within this core American document.  We need not evolve from this testimonial of who we are.  Freedom through this declaration, however, can evolve as a model to others outside our great nation.  We truly are blessed to live in and, hopefully, appreciate this nation of freedom.

It is these core f-words that make us who we are, faith – family – freedom.

Happy Graduations!

Dr. Hood

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