Editor’s Note: What does gratitude mean to you?

Nov. 14, 2017
Edie Gibson, RDH, the editor of RDH Graduate, comments on what makes her feel grateful about her career in dental hygiene.

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.—Melody Beattie

Editor Edie Gibson, RDH, MS

The holiday season is upon us, and I have been reflecting on my amazing career in dental hygiene. I feel immense gratitude for the many paths this profession has taken me on, for the relationships put on that path, and the opportunities still to come. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines gratitude as “the state of being grateful; thankfulness.” What is gratitude to me? Gratitude is humbling, calming, and necessary for success.

Why is gratitude humbling? Without gratitude, one can lose sight of what is real. When I was in your shoes and new to the profession, I was thrilled to just have a job! No magnification loupes, horrible seating, hand instruments only unless you couldn’t see the teeth through the calculus, and the ability to deliver anesthesia wasn’t even on the horizon. Today’s hygiene horizon is so bright with new technologies, new practice laws, and new opportunities way beyond my wildest dreams. I am humbled to be in this era where technology makes our reality easier and more patient friendly. Amber Auger discusses this in great length in her article this month.

Why is gratitude calming? I would not be where I am in this profession, in this world, without those who went before me. My mentors paved the way for me so I could make my own personal mark on the dental profession. If you have ever heard me speak, you know I thank my mentors at the end of every program I deliver. I stand on the shoulders of giants so I can reach the stars. What could be more calming than to know you have an eternal support tribe?

Why is gratitude necessary for success? Without gratitude for where we’ve been, and where we are currently, how can we appreciate what our future holds? The most successful people in my tribe are always humble, always grateful, always giving back, and helping others achieve their goals. Most of all, they are eternally grateful for where they started and the path that led them to their success today. In Jackie Sanders article, she shares her most recent story about gratitude and announces a new conference, RDH Evolution, that may be what helps you realize your career and life dreams.

Reflect on your past and be thankful, appreciate today, look forward, and create your future. Happy Thanksgiving!

Cherish that thought and…

Go out and make it a great day!

Edie Gibson, RDH, MS
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