MountainWings - The Daily Inspirational E-Mail #1039
Helping You Over The Mountains of Life


My 4 1/2 year old son had his two front teeth removed today.

It's amazing how much the lives of children parallel the lives of adults.

Many of the same things they go through, adults go through.

The statement, "The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys" makes sense when you analyze the behavior of men and boys.

My son had to go through an extraction. 

His two front teeth had cavities. They had begun to hurt. 

Something had to be done to ease the pain.

I talked with the dentist and he gave me two choices, fix them or remove them.

I asked "what's the advantages and disadvantages of each?"

"If you repair the tooth and cap them, there is a 32% chance the tooth will become infected and you will have to remove it, if you remove it that ends it." the dentist said.

"Which is more traumatic on the child?" I asked. 
"It's about the same either way," the dentist said.

Many times in life we have the same decision. 

There is something rotten in our world. 

We can try to fix it. That may work or it may not. 

Sometimes the rotten things that we try to fix end up becoming even more rotten and we have to remove them anyway.

We can decide to just remove them from the start and minimize the future potential problems.

Everyone has some rotten teeth in their lives. We instantly know which ones they are. By rotten teeth, I don't necessarily mean teeth but things that are attached to us that have decayed and in one form or another are causing us pain.

Those are rotten teeth.

Even when speaking about teeth, you know exactly how many bad teeth you have don't you?

Answer the question, "How many bad teeth do you have?"

This next question about your teeth shows you the difference between a Mountain climber and one that smacks into the mountain.

"How many good teeth do you have?"


I asked, "How many good teeth do you have?"

You don't know do you?

That's because the world teaches us to focus on the bad.

If you don't believe me, look at the evening news today. Count the number of minutes devoted to bad news versus the number of minutes devoted to good news. You will see what I mean.

That's why you don't know how many good teeth you have.

You know you are supposed to have 32 teeth but you have never counted them for sure. 

Maybe you've got a few extra teeth. 
You don't know if you haven't counted them.

Stop right now and count your good teeth. . .

I'll continue the lesson on extraction tomorrow but I want you to learn to consciously recognize the good things in your life first, then I'll tell you the lesson of the extraction.

By the way. I have exactly 32 good teeth. Some are very crooked but they work and they don't hurt. Some have had dental work but they work and they don't hurt. Four have had root canals, but they work and they don't hurt. They are good teeth but they aren't perfect.

Count your good stuff today before the news comes on.
A MountainWings Original

Laugh of The Day:

Since we are in the medical field today,

A short history of medicine:

I have an earache . . . 

2000 B.C. - Here, eat this root. 

1000 A.D. - That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer. 

1850 A.D. - That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion. 

1940 A.D. - That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill. 

1985 A.D. - That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic. 

2000 A.D. - That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root. 

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