The red twizzler revisited

By Eileen Morrissey, RDH, MS

By the time you read this, it will be in the blaze of summer, so methinks you need a cool story like the one that follows.

This is a true event that happened 12 years ago. My daughter, Erin, who was 9 at the time, had fractured her ankle sledding in Massachusetts on Thanksgiving. She was in a cast, and one week after her accident, our home state of New Jersey received its first snowstorm in three years. Watching winter in its grandeur and glory from inside her house and not being able to participate was gut wrenching for Erin. I promised her I would make her a snowman.

After the storm quieted, I took the opportunity to make good on my word. I created a mini-snowman, decorated him, and stood him inside our kitchen freezer. I'd had trouble with his mouth because the apple skin I'd cut to create lips would not stay on his face. I thought aloud, "What I really need is a red licorice Twizzler to make the perfect smile." A moment later, I was walking into our living room, turning on the light, and making my way purposefully to a table in the corner of the room. To my amazement, there on the table was a red Twizzler! What!

You need to know that I am not in the habit of keeping Twizzlers in my living room. In fact, I don't buy Twizzlers, and I'm clueless as to how that one got to the scene. I ponder now, just what guiding force led me to find my way to the living room and to the piece of licorice that created the perfect snowman smile, and ultimately, the smile that lit my daughter's face when she saw it?

Those most logical people would label this a coincidence. I like to think of it as synchronicity, which, to paraphrase C.G. Jung is, "When events coincide in a serendipitous way." For another reference, read "Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah" by Richard Bach. (It's the same concept.) I believe in these mini miracles, and the more I take note of them as they occur, the more frequently they happen.

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Can you put aside your skepticism and buy into this? For many of you, I suppose the answer is "No!" "Right, Pollyanna!" or "Are you just plain simple?" might be responses from those who are cynical. My truth: Yes, I'm that simple, and so is this. I'm not quite sure how to explain the way to this path, but I think it starts with an open mind to the belief that there is something out there that is bigger than all of us.

From there, you develop your own certainty regarding positive outcomes. You go through your daily routine allowing no one or no thing to deter you from your intent. This may mean being judicious about who you share this clear knowing with, as negativism and cynacism abound and it can be contagious. We can choose positive folks to hang out with, but in all parts of our lives, including the workplace, we will interact with those who are skeptical. And who needs those negative vibrations?

I will cut to the chase. What is the practical application of this to your world? You decide. Start with whatever it is you desire to manifest in your life. Write it down in a detailed way. Be open, begin to believe, and then take note of any synchronicity that occurs. Be patient, and be mindful of this thought from author Wayne Dyer, to paraphrase, "Our inability to believe in positive outcomes will result in them not occurring." Adapting a change in mindset does not happen overnight. Stay with it.

Too intangible? Okay, let's take the current dental hygiene employment environment. The word is that there are few positions, let alone good positions. You have a choice. You can walk around, certain that your next few weeks or months will be hellish, or you can take a positive track. Start by possessing the clear knowledge that somehow, some way, you are going to find the position of your dreams.

It would help to write a detailed description of the position and office you intend to find and be hired for. So what if everyone else is having problems finding work? We will draw to us whatever we project outwardly, so it is in your best interest to emit good vibrations. Then, watch your synchronistic solutions fall into place.

If this seems too simplistic, maybe you're making your life more complicated than it needs to be. 2014 could still be an amazing year for change if you choose to make it that way. Onward we go; it is in our hearts' core!

EILEEN MORRISSEY, RDH, MS, is a practicing clinician, speaker, and writer. She is an adjunct dental hygiene faculty member at Burlington County College. Eileen offers CE forums to doctors, hygienists, and their teams. Reach her at eemorrisseyrdh@aol.com or 609-259-8008. Visit her website at www.eileenmorrissey.com.

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