They’re all out.
Thirty-three men, entombed in a small space two thousand feet underground for more than two months. Let’s take a moment to think about what that means, and about the incredible resilience, fortitude and sacrifice these men showed.
Then take a moment to reflect on how their community, and the world community, rallied around them. First by drilling small delivery holes to send down food and other essentials—including the essential nourishment that comes with human contact and hope—then with the tireless work of engineering and construction, the inspired ingenuity, that went into creating the rescue channel and capsule that would ultimately set them free. It all came together this week with the thrilling, heart-lifting spectacle we all followed on TV, and which is captured magnificently in these pictures from The Boston Globe.
All of this reminds us here that the most meaningful thing we can do in life is to serve others to the best of our ability. It’s something we try to do every day at Spear, and it’s something you have the power to do every day in your practice.
Your patients, needless to say, are not in the same dramatic predicament those miners were in, trapped below ground. But you do have patients in your practice who are trapped in their own way, by enduring years of discomfort, pain, embarrassment, and loss of function in their dentition. They may not be openly praying for rescue, and in fact many of them are resigned to their situation. They get used to the pain, they unconsciously compensate by chewing differently, and after awhile it feels practically normal. They accept their condition until something occurs that wakes them up and they realize they can’t accept it anymore.
That’s where you need to create the situation that wakes them up. These patients undoubtedly need help, they need to be rescued, and you are in a position to do something about it. You have the opportunity to say something, or to do something that will awaken their hopes, inspire them to action, and start them on a treatment journey that will change their lives forever. It is an awesome and solemn responsibility. And as we just saw this week, people who take responsibility like that seriously are capable of producing some truly phenomenal results.