Several years ago, I had to change dentists (the dental plan changed, so I had to find a new dentist). Trust me folks, the story gets better.
I am sitting in the dentist chair, and my dental hygienist walks in to greet me. I have forgotten her name, but let's call her Sally. She introduced herself, took some paperwork from my hands, and adjusted the chair. Her job, more than anything, was to clean my teeth. Not so wonderful of a job, but you know, she chose the profession. Or I should say as you will discover, she embraced her job.
During the entire cleaning, Sally hummed to me. I was taken aback by this at first, but her humming comforted me. Completely comforted me. I don't like going to the dentist, but Sally made the teeth cleaning so comfortable. She, I believe, really is passionate about her job, and her humming took me back to my childhood. I can't fully explain it, but her humming resonated with me. If I were in a psychiatrist's couch rather than a dentist's chair, perhaps I could have figured it out.
The other day, I read a blog – a new blog1, and I got the same feeling. Not the feeling of getting my teeth cleaned, but the feeling of having something familiar resonate within my soul. Have you ever read someone and just love their writing? Like it speaks to you? Like it moves you and places you in harmony with the world?
That happened to me last week. I was feeling really crappy, and reading those words comforted me. Even now, as I recall the feeling, my eyes are filling with tears. Tears of joy.
I love Charlotte Brontë!2 Now my new blogging buddy is not Charlotte Brontë, but you know, Charlotte, is not she either. Okay, before you say you don't care for Ms. Brontë – that's not the point. Brontë resonates with me, and this blogger does so as well. It is so comforting to read the words, sort of like eating warm bread.
I hope you know have something that resonates with you, that rekindles the spirit. And, you know, something as special or more so, is to be that dental hygienist that hums to comfort.
1No, I am not going to link to the blog. My friend is shy.
2Oh, and I love writing umlauts, those little dot thingies above vowels of some words. I also love referencing stuff with footnotes. Makes me feel smart and all. It also keeps some of my randomness out of the blog entry.
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