“One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see the beauty of a cupped receiving hand.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Today, I’d like to talk to you about the dentist. Hmm…you say, “How does that relate to the cookie?”.
Today, I’d like to tell you about my dentist. And that does relate to the cookie!
What thoughts does visiting the dentist conjure up? Pain. Funny smells. Poking. Prodding. Drills. More pain…
When I think of the dentist, my first thought is always cookies! You see, whenever I visit the dentist, I know that when I finish I will get a great big, freshly-baked cookie. Does this seem strange? I used to think so. Now, I think it’s one of the smartest things this dentist does. Sitting in the lobby is a big plate of cookies. And not cookies from a box, but freshly-made cookies! Delicious! I always take one on my way out. A warm cookie leaves me with a smile as I head out the door…
You might think that cookies would go against everything that dentists stand for – adding more sugar to our mouths. Or maybe you think that the dentist sees this as a way to drum up new business – more sugar means more cavities!
Like a child picking something from the prize vault, these cookies are a way to give a little treat to everyone who passes through the office. A fireplace in the lobby, a sofa to sit on while you wait for your appointment, and cookies on the table. You might say I’m paying for these “luxuries”. And maybe I am. And maybe I’m not. I don’t think it matters. What matters is the gesture of feeling “at home”, the gesture of feeling that this isn’t just about poking at my teeth, the gesture of giving a little something back.
A plate of cookies…such a simple way to give to others.
What do you think I will remember more? The cookie they offer every time I visit, or if they told me I would be seeing a discount of $1 on all my future bills? I’ll remember the cookie. It’s more personal. I can connect more with the cookie, and what it represents.
How about you. Have you had “cookies” in your life? What are those small things you’ve received that really mean more than just what that item is?
This is also a reminder to us all. A reminder that it’s the little things we do for others that make huge differences. I challenge you today to go out and find some new way to make a small difference in someone’s life. In the shadows of life we face, be a light for others! YOU can make a difference!