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Magical Optimism

You are the one who calls the law of attraction into action, and you do it through your thoughts”

Rhonda Byrne, The secret

Optimism  flows through every vessel in my body. I believe that things happen for a reason, if not today the tide will definitely turn one day. This gives me courage to face all adversities that come my way and  be the last one smiling.

As a fresher tooth extraction scared the hell out of me. On days when I had to manage the clinic alone I made sure to steer clear of extractions mainly because at that time empathy weighed much more than optimism and I never wanted any fault of mine to cause harm. I also knew that as a doctor it was cowardice on my part, overcoming which was my only option. During one of those days, a man in his late twenties came to my clinic complaining of severe toothache. After prescribing medicines, he was recalled for extraction after three days. Unfortunately three days later when he came our senior dentist was on leave and it was just me, my hygienist and him.

He was young and well built, which made his grossly decayed tooth even more difficult to extract.

“ There is a very high chance of your tooth fracturing and it would be better if the other doctor is also present during the procedure”, I said in a vain attempt to postpone the extraction. My optimism had failed me completely. “ Do all that you want to do but I will not leave the clinic until you remove my tooth. You can do it, don’t worry”, those were his exact words and he said them with a smile that emitted positivity in such high doses that I found my courage returning.

“ Do all that you want to do but I will not leave the clinic until you remove my tooth. You can do it, don’t worry”, those were his exact words and he said them with a smile that emitted positivity in such high doses that I found my courage returning.

He seemed rather composed for a man who had just been informed by his dentist that she wasn’t experienced enough. Nevertheless,  I went ahead with the extraction. In order to make it easier, I began luxating(loosening) the tooth. Patience was never my virtue, but that day she was my best mate and gradually the tooth started moving. It was more of  instinct that came to my rescue when I found a spot to carefully raise the tooth and voila, I pulled off the extraction without even forceps.

It was one of the happiest days of my professional life and also a day when somebody else’s optimism worked wonders for me. After that day, I never shied away from extractions. As for him, he was so happy that he got me chocolates before he left. Now you don’t get that very often, do you? Nearly four years have passed since that day and I believe I  have come a long long way professionally. I will always be grateful to him for he showed me the magical effect of another person’s optimism and faith in me.

Being optimistic and having a positive outlook can take you as well as the others around you a long way in life. This is my story of optimism sowing it’s seeds in my life. As elusive as it may seem, optimism can be found all around – in the laughter of children, in the excitement on your pet’s face when you get back after a long day, and in the smile of your loved ones when you go back home after months of being away. Similarly, Housing envisions a world filled with positivity. Do check it out!






I am a dentist trying my hand at writing. I am here to let my thoughts unravel!

56 thoughts on “Magical Optimism

  1. Oh..Wow..!!!
    That was a splendid post..!! And it speaks a lot about a lot of us ..!!
    Who shy away, scared of circumstances or whatever !!
    Congrats on your first extraction; and as a successful dentist 🙂
    And yes,
    that guy demands applause 🙂
    If me, I would have been more than happy to postpone !!
    Coz I am scared of doctors 😀

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    1. Thank youuuuuuu Arundhati:-D ! I hope so too, you know. I think the best way is to be a good listener as well and the touch, it’s important too. I am doing great, started working and hence not able to blog much. How have you been doing girl??


          1. Congrats! Haha, well, I know that feeling. There’s one upside though: it’s like you get to charge your creative power and when you do get to release it, you’ll write a really really beautiful piece. The words just come to you.

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  2. I met a Doctor in 2009, every year I used to clean my teeth, and this doctor had a clinic at home. I went in and there was a nurse and she asked what is my problem.I just told her I need to clean my teeth, the doctor came and asked to take a seat, I was waiting for her 45 minutes, but she dint turn up ( I heard she was watching something on the tv), I got angry and came out , din’t go there ever. I was just 25+ that time, she might be 28+ I am sure.

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      1. Yup, recently I came to india for treatment ( just fever and little problem with stomach), I was completely astonished to see that doctor, he was really nice one ( 1/100$ the of expense I paid there) and he was really smart and service oriented. I never seen such doctor in India. I hate doctors that’s why I din’t study medical. But I think you are too good. I wrote a mail to him after I left india to the doctor, just an appraisal note. (FYI, I got Dental medical seat, but I went ahead with Engineering) , otherwise we wud hv been in same stream 😛

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    1. Oooh you have a wisdom tooth that needs extraction right or does it not? Anyways I don’t think my optimism is kaafi for extracting all wisdom teeth… 😛 Bhakti kutyyyyyy! I’m doing good and yes I have started working 😀 . The sad thing is I can’t find time to blog 😦 .


      1. Haha yes it does 😅
        Not all,just two 😛 if i remove all four,i will walk around with a swollen face for months 😂😂
        😘😘😘’s okay. You can blog on weekends or squeeze in an hour on a less hectic weekday 🙂

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          1. Nahi na …we don’t have vacations until may end 😭😭😭
            Abhi kal exams khatm hue. Next monday se college exams,fir uske next week se practical exams 😭😭😭

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          2. Yeah. But then again,I can’t wait for engg to get over. ( i do realise how care free i am right now but nah…i am happy that time is passing soon :P)
            Yep. He is 😄 😄

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