This morning I woke up feeling the pains of the pandemic. Not so much for myself, but more for you, my dental colleagues. You have gone through so much these past six months with the shutting down your offices for several weeks, and with having to deal with your own fears while managing the fears of your team members and your patients. I can’t imagine how overwhelmed you’ve felt or still feel with all changes that have occurred: the new CDC guidelines, the COVID screenings, the new staff, and patient protocols, the new PPE, the added expenses, and the accumulating bills. Place on top of that the social unrest and despair in our nation, and it’s a wonder that any of us are still standing. 

How do we stay strong as we continue to press on through all this? It is my belief, that now more than ever, we need to band together as a profession. We need to be honest and authentic with one another rather than acting like we’re doing OK when the reality may be that we’re not. The best therapy for each of us is to listen to one another without judgment and to share our knowledge. Now is not the time to live in a cocoon or a silo. Now is the time to band together where together, we will achieve more. 

In 1988, I took the Dale Carnegie Course on Leadership and Public Speaking. One of the books  we were required to read was “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.” Today, I pulled that book off my bookshelf. As I perused it, I came across a poem I’d highlighted on page 123. The name of the poem was Just For Today by Sybil F Partridge. After slowly reading it, I immediately felt peace. Immediately, I had hope. Immediately, I was encouraged to press on. 

To me, this poem emphasizes the power of prayer, the importance of “getting quiet,” the power of thinking cheerfully, and the power of doing the best we can in spite of our challenging circumstances. And… it reminded me that when we give of ourselves to help one another, we receive joy and fulfillment. 

I hope these words from Just For Today bring you as much comfort as they brought me.

Just For Today by Sybil F. Partridge 

Just for today I will be happy. 

This assumes that what Abraham Lincoln said is true, that “most folks are about as happy as  they make up their minds to be.” Happiness is from within; it is not a matter of externals. 

Just for today I will try to adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my desires. I will take my family, my business, and my luck as they come and fit myself to them. 

Just for today I will take care of my body. 

I will exercise it, care for it, nourish it, not abuse it nor neglect it, so that it will be a perfect  machine for my bidding. 

Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind. 

I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires  effort, thought and concentration. 

Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways. 

I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out. I will do at least two things I don’t want  to do, as William James suggests, just for exercise. 

Just for today I will be agreeable. 

I will look as well as I can, dress as becomingly as possible, talk low, act courteously, be liberal  with praise, criticize not at all, nor find fault with anything and not try to regulate nor improve  anyone. 

Just for today I will try to live through this day only. 

Not to tackle my whole life problem at once. I can do things for twelve hours that would appall  me if I had to keep them up for a lifetime. 

Just for today I will have a program. 

I will write down what I expect to do every hour. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. It  will eliminate two pests, hurry and indecision.

Just for today I will have a quiet half-hour all by myself and relax. 

In this half-hour sometimes I will think of God, so as to get a little more perspective into my life. 

Just for today I will be unafraid. 

Especially I will not be afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, to love, and to believe that those I love, love me. 

Dr. Robert Maguire DDS, MASCL is a dental speaker, coach, practice consultant, and DISC  trainer, passionate about leadership and communication. If you’d like more information about Dr. Maguire and how he can help you and your team experience more fulfillment,  more joy, and more financial success visit or email him at

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