I have often seen dental patients drag their bodies into the office as a result of the pain and suffering from a toothache.
I render emergency dental care in Kansas City.

A dentist at times has to treat the anxiety attributable to the discomfort as well. When a dental emergency is allowed

to progress to abscess formation, the abscess is treated with antibiotics and incision and drainage. Anxiety about pain

can exacerbate the pain sensation. What may be stressful to one person may not be stressful to another.

As dentists we must get the patient beyond their hesitations to receive treatment. What obstacles are keeping our patients out of the dental office?

In dentistry, many dentists have cast crowns with precious metals at some point in their careers.

When you take scrap gold and remove the impurities, you reduce it to it’s purest form with an acetylene torch at a very high heat.

The impurities removed are oxidation, dirt and grime. In our lives, impurities exist as our fears, negativity and unrighteousness.

Like the process to purify a precious metal, we are also reduced at times to our most basic state.

That process comes during a time of suffering through the storms of life. When storms brew and

you hunker down, take note to learn the life lessons from your storms. The gold, reduced in a crucible, to it’s purest form, with the aid of a centrifuge, is cast  into a work of art.

The technician purifies the precious metal by placing heat to it in a crucible. Life is similar to

the purification of the precious metal. We as human beings are placed in the crucible of life.

The purifying process we experience is illustrated through our pain and suffering.

There are many circumstances that we can overcome.

Knowing how to respond during suffering can keep you on a positive course. The world runs by a system of cause and effect.

We want an instant cure for everything from toothaches to heartaches. The cures that we seek are available through

commitment to our goals.

“The best thing about pain, it tells you you’re not dead yet.” Spoken in the movie, GI Jane, by Master Chief.

“Sometimes what seems like surrender isn’t surrender at all. It’s about what’s going on in our hearts.

About seeing clearly the way life is and accepting it and being true to it, whatever the pain, because the pain of not being true to it is far, far greater.” Spoken by Tom Booker in Movie, The Horse Whisperer.

Suffering can make you stronger like the mighty oak that withstands storm after storm because of it’s deep, heavy root structure. But don’t forget about the tender reed that also is still standing after a storm. It survives by not resisting the storm, dancing and swaying in the strongest gusting winds.

Suffering only lasts until we understand the commitment that it will take to accomplish the goal.

Commitment is another word for success.

There is a method of farming called Dry Farming. Tomato crops are allowed less water to create a deeper root system that finds water deep within the ground. The seeds are planted deeper. The fruit is more delicious and profound because of this farming method.

The plant undergoes a drought-like state until the roots grow ten feet beneath the ground.

I compare the farming technique to our lives. We too, experience drought like states that must be overcome to handle

the lack in our lives.

Suffering or pain, unpleasantness, is associated with harm or threat of harm.

Suffering may be qualified as physical or mental. It may come in all degrees of intensity, from

mild to intolerable. Knowing how to respond during suffering will keep your head above water during your storms.

As business owners, do you remember how ambitious you were when you started the new business?

You established goals from your dreams regarding what you wanted to achieve. Maybe you imagined an affluent lifestyle. Or the thought crossed your mind that you could buy enough acres to escape the city and complications of the rat race.

But the fact remains, until we pay the dues, we all will experience the pain and suffering of the daily grind.

Many of our businesses are labors of love.

For a classical lesson on suffering, look to the Bible, the  Book of Job.

Job is portrayed as a wealthy man of upright character who loves God. Yet God allows Satan to destroy his flocks,

his possessions, his children, and his health. Job refuses to give up on God, even though he does not understand why this is happening to him. We too must trust God when we do not understand the difficulties we face.

(From the prologue of the Life Application Bible.)

The Book of Job shows a good man suffering for no apparent fault of his own. Sadly our world is like that. But Job’s story

does not end in despair. No situation is hopeless. We are not sheltered from life’s calamities. Setbacks, tragedies and

sorrows strike us all.

“Pain, you just have to ride it out, hope it goes away on it’s own, hope the wound that caused it heals.

There are no solutions, no easy answers, you just breathe deep and wait for it to subside. Most of the

time pain can be managed but sometimes the pain gets you where you least expect it. Hits way below the

belt and doesn’t let up. Pain, you just have to fight through, because the truth is you can’t outrun it and

life always makes more.” Dr. Meredith Grey, Television, Grey’s Anatomy.

We are strong enough to weather life’s storms with the help of our Creator.

There will be days you have the strength of the mighty Oak. At other times the resilience of the tender reed.

Stay committed to your life plan.

You’ll find pain and suffering will cease as one of your major problems.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

Artis L. Clark, D.D.S.

Wikipedia as reference