Smiles for Life  

Bluebirds in your life

Every year, I look forward to Spring as the earth begins its transformation into aliveness. Everything starts to buzz with the excitement of new growth and a new season. I have always been very fond of birds, especially their sounds and behaviours. One of my favourite birds is the bluebird. Its beautiful colour is so intense and wonderful.

My love of bluebirds comes from an old friend and neighbor of mine. He was an avid bird watcher and he was well known for all the bird houses he built and donated to others. He told me there are people in our lives that are like bluebirds. He told me the bluebird was a symbol of cheerfulness, happiness, prosperity, good health, the comforts of home, new births and the renewal of springtime. Just as the bluebird symbolizes positive sentiments, the same can be said about the wonderful people we have in our lives. They bring a breath of freshness and energy when they’re around us, and we feel comfortable in their presence. I am fortunate to have many of these bluebirds in my life. My family, friends, staff and patients bring me that wonderful feeling of being welcomed each day.

When my old friend and neighbor was close to passing on, I asked him what he believed the key to life was. He told me, “to find three good things to do each day.” I have cherished those words and remember them as I go through each day.

Find three good things to do today. Phone someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time, study something that you’ve been meaning to look into. Smile at someone when you walk by and say “hello” or “good morning!" We can encourage a wonderful pay-it-forward attitude. You never know how much that smile or hello could mean to someone who really needs it.

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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About the Author

Dr. Jack DeGruchy, a graduate of the University of Alberta has been practicing dentistry for the past 4 decades. His love of education has taken him all over the world to study and saw him completing a fellowship in the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry as well as becoming a Fellow in the International Academy of Dentistry. He has travelled to Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Japan and Africa to share dental knowledge and has learned new and innovative dental techniques during these exchanges.

He established a multidisciplinary dental centre in Kelowna and was involved in the cutting edge of many of the present day dental technologies. Jack has been involved with implant dentistry since 1985, and has trained with Straumann, Nobel Pharma and Simpler systems. He sees implant dentistry as a wonderful development in the evolution of quality dentistry and is excited about the ways in which it enhances patient care. Of particular interest to Jack is what goes on during sleep that affects the teeth, the joints and surrounding muscles. Learning is definitely a way of life for Jack.

Jack’s interest in sports dentistry resulted in his being named as dentist to the BC Lions and both the Buckaroo and Kelowna Rocket hockey teams. He has been involved in many minor sports organizations from swimming and downhill ski racing to football and hockey.

Community development is important to Jack, and he has been involved in helping bring to fruition Prospera Place, The Rotary Centre of the Arts and the Kelowna Art Gallery, of which he is a past director.He has established the Westside Dental Centre and looks forward to helping the Westside community develop.

He is a major supporter of the Canadian artist, Robert Bateman and the “Get to Know” program which is an international non-profit organization based in Kelowna that seeks to provide opportunities for youth to connect with nature through outdoor educational experiences.
Jack and his wife, Gaylene, enjoy their three children and their spouses, and they have been blessed with eight wonderful grandchildren!

You can reach Dr. DeGruchy at Westside Dental Centre at 250-707-0248 or emailing [email protected] or on the web at jdsmiles.com

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