The Dead by James Joyce
By Ken Serota on February 19, 2011 11:20 AM
His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead…………..
What we do is fun, creative, autonomous and for the most part lucrative. However, at the top of the wish list for every dentist
should be good health. Because without good health, nothing else really matters.
I think that in these days of total connectivity with smart phones and computers and 24/7 news and information, the omnipresence of Facebook and Twitter, our lives have become so extraordinarily busy, that we tend to forget the basics. Don”t mean to sound like a Dutch uncle, wait, that will surely offend someone, okay, don’t mean to sound avuncular…..
1. Have an annual physical preferably around your birthday. The association is an easy one to remember.
2. Make time for cardiovascular activity. Even walking half an hour every day leads to a more healthy existence. We all say, “But I can’t find the time!” If all of a sudden you were told you only had six months to live if you didn’t start exercising, you’d find the time!!
3. If you smoke-stop. Immediately. There are many options now available to help you.
4. You can’t control your sex, age, or genetic makeup. But you should be able to control your weight with a healthy diet.
5. Review your will every two to three years with a qualified estate tax planning attorney. The rules are changing constantly. Of course, that is presuming that everybody has a will!
6. Execute a durable power of attorney and a living will. This is simple and inexpensive and absolutely necessary for the peace of mind of your family.
7. It is never too early to plan for retirement. You are missing the boat if you don’t have a well thought out plan in place that estimates how much money you will have accumulated at present levels of contribution that will satisfy retirement requirements. Your accountant should be able to recommend a qualified financial planner to assist you. Don’t be one of the 90% of dentists nationwide who can never afford to retire and maintain their current life style.
8. And most of all, don’t forget to take the time to “smell the roses.” Enjoy your family. Enjoy your friends. Life passes us by much too quickly. This is not a dress rehearsal. We all want to live long, healthy and productive lives. Let’s be in charge of our future-be proactive about your health. And remember the immortal words of Bette Midler which I can’t include in this entry for reasons that should be obvious to those of you who follow Bette Midler.
Excerpted from www.jodena.com