WHEN THE STUDENT IS READY, THE TEACHER WILL APPEAR. – BUDDHIST PROVERB
It was Tuesday and a long way from the weekend. The town seemed to drift by the windows of my car as I drove to work. For some reason that day, I was aware that I was driving more slowly to the dental office. When I started practice five years earlier, I was always in a hurry to get there. But today was so wintery beautiful with a deep blue sky deep and some high wispy clouds that my mind wandered back to my youth when days like this were often full of relaxation and adventure. I dreamed about having an easy day without office worries, a day I could spend with my wife and daughters. I would have to find the time to do that...someday.
I was in my parking place before realizing I had been driving on “autopilot.” The parking lot was filled with the familiar cars of my employees and my eight o‘clock patients had already arrived. They were on time. I was the one who was late. To be honest, I was arriving later everyday.
I grimaced as I noticed my most recent "problem patient" exiting his car. Now what? Another adjustment? I sat and wondered what else my day would bring. When I began practice, I would have looked at the next day's schedule before going home, but I had stopped doing this when I realized I was spending every evening thinking about the fires I would have to put out the next day.