• 397 Topsham Road
  • |
  • Exeter
  • |
  • EX2 6HD

We are open 7 days a week.

Book online Contact Us
blog inner thumb

A Gift

1st April 2016

For my 40th birthday last year, I took the week off. It was my first holiday in 3 years and I struggled with panic attacks while away.

I have since realised that although I love my job, my panic attacks had arisen out of fear and not love.

Because Love holds no fear.

Whilst at the beach, I noticed a seagull no bigger than a speck, having a casual swim upon tumultuous waves.

Unintimidated by the size of the ocean and unperturbed by the gust of the winds.

I longed for the quiet knowing calm of that seagull.

As a child in Sunday School I had learnt, J-O-Y meant: Jesus first, Yourself last and Others in-between.

I realised that I’d taken that too literally and to myself, I always came last. This is a common flaw in those of us who consider ourselves “strong”.

When we sacrifice ourselves for other people, we make the other person a thief;
Because they are stealing from us what we need, and they don’t even know it.

I resolved that for the rest of my days, I will give myself the gift of self-compassion. I will be kind to myself; I will find room for stillness.

I will be forgiving of my errors; I will celebrate my triumphs. I will not self-flagellate. I will lift my chin up; by millimetres or inches.

For it is important to speak inwardly to ourselves with the voice of “a friend” and not that of “a judge”. To say wonderful uplifting, life enhancing words to our dear, dear friend.

I used to say with pride that “I am my own worst critic“.

But I’ve come to realise I need to be my own champion even more! It is just as important to be self-forgiving and self- congratulatory!

To practice GRATITUDE rather than seek J-O-Y

It is worthwhile to celebrate the beautiful gift of life and live, unencumbered by weights; to truly LIVE a little.

I have 2 holidays booked this year; hopefully, panic free!

Back to Blog

Request an Appointment

Categories

Sharing the love of Dental 397

“I cannot thank you enough for my experience, I phoned as a non registered patient in need of an emergency appointment and as a very…”

star 1 star 2 star 3 star 4 star 5

C. Smith - Upottery

“Thank you Dapo and your dream team ❤🥰❤ I feel like I've been absolutely pampered with my recent treatments....and who would have ever thought that…”

star 1 star 2 star 3 star 4 star 5

J. Ntale - Exeter

“I just wanted to thank you again for how well you all treated my mum yesterday. She was very nervous but you were so kind…”

star 1 star 2 star 3 star 4 star 5

C. Caldwell - Exeter

“Really great!!”

star 1 star 2 star 3 star 4 star 5

A. Blewett - Exeter

“I couldn’t stop looking at my teeth on the way home, you’ve done an amazing job - thank you so so much, you’re the BEST!!”

star 1 star 2 star 3 star 4 star 5

J. Mirko - Exeter

View Testimonials

Opening hours

Monday
8am – 5pm
Tuesday
7am – 4pm
Wednesday
8am – 5pm
Thursday
8am – 5pm
Friday
8am – 1.30pm
Saturday
9am – 5pm
Sunday
10am – 4pm
Accessibility - dental397

Accessibility

• Step free access

• Wheelchair access

Parking

• Car parking

• Disabled parking

Google Rating
4.8
Google Rating
Google Rating