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If I Wasn’t What I Am, What Would I Be?

I’m sure everyone has thought about what job they would rather have versus what job they actually have. While I enjoy what I do, I would be lying if I didn’t think about doing something else. At the very least, I have given some thought as to what careers I thankfully avoided –

  • Doctor – I could never be a doctor because it takes too long to get through medical school. I don’t have the patience to go through 8+ years of schooling only to have to sit for stressful exams, certifications and licensures.  But if I were to become a physician I would probably be an Ear, nose & throat doctor. It’s not a “sexy” field but it’s certainly not dangerous & probably one of the least stressful fields of medicine. You get to work on exciting cases – like patients who have throat cancer, but you don’t have to see any blood & guts. My second choice would be a chiropractor. You only have to go to school for 4 more years after undergrad, instead of 7-11 more years to become a “real” doctor.
  • Attorney – I’ve heard very frightful things about taking the bar exam. Depending on where you live or if you move during your legal career, you will have to take the bar several times over. Who has time for all that?!   But if I had to be a lawyer I would love to practice criminal law. Even if my client was admittedly guilty it would be a fun challenge fighting for their freedom. And if I lost, oh well – they were guilty anyway!
  • Actress/Model – Like most little girls I really wanted to be a model when I grew up. I used to love to act like my living room was the stage & even made up my own little dramatic walk & strutted in front of the television (which always annoyed anybody trying to watch TV). The problem, though, is that I love food too much. And because I prefer to keep my food down, I will never be small enough to actually be a model.
  • Teacher – Teachers by far have the best working hours of any job out there. While there may be a lot of parent-teacher meetings, school functions to attend, late nights grading papers, office or tutoring hours after class, I can’t think of any other profession that gives you an entire season off to recuperate. (Oh wait, I guess professional athletes get a few seasons off every year also, but I digress.) My problem with teaching is that I don’t want to be responsible for someone else’s bratty kids for 6 hours out of the day. I have a hard time dealing with adults who act like children, so I certainly can’t work with actual children.
  • Accountant – This is a job with good pay and decent working hours. No “extra” schooling is required and you’ll always be in demand (that is until some software program phases you out). From May thru March you’ll live a normal life but I would think that people would start to get really friendly in April because they want help with their taxes.

What about you? Are there any careers you’re glad that you dodged? If so, let me know…..

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Don’t Pray For Me. Pray For My Dentist!

I had yet another dental appointment this week & was scared for my life. I would rather be stuck with 5,000 needles than to have a drill in my mouth for two hours on a single tooth. My new dentist is pretty good (I just started going to him this year) but when I walked into his office he didn’t seem as upbeat as usual.

That’s when it dawned on me that my prayers this morning were for the wrong person. I was praying that God keep me safe & calm during my root canal but I should’ve been praying for my dentist (actually the endodontist) instead. After all, he’s the one with the drill & the Novocain in his hands. It doesn’t matter how calm I am if my dentist didn’t get a good night’s rest. He might be too tired to do the best possible job on my teeth.

Have you ever been at work, only a few days away from a much needed vacation & can’t concentrate on your work because you‘re daydreaming about lying on a beach instead? Well what if my dentist had an upcoming vacation and couldn’t focus on my teeth? Uh oh, I’m in trouble. What about when you have a meeting right before lunch and your stomach is growling because you missed breakfast? Uh oh, I’m in trouble. What if my dentist had a fight with his wife that morning (or even the night before) and is in a bad mood now? Uh oh, I’m in trouble. What if my dentist doesn’t feel well but didn’t want to call in sick today? Uh oh, I’m in trouble.

So before you go to see a medical specialist of any kind, pray not just for yourself but also for your doctor. Trust me, it’ll make a difference!