I collect vintage Matchbox Toys, the toys my brothers and I played with when we were kids. People often ask me if I have a favorite among the toys on my shelves. Without hesitation I tell them about the 1959 Chevrolet Impala that was released into the Matchbox Toys range in 1961. You can tell how often I played with this toy by the number of paint chips it endured. It was my favorite then, as it is now because it was just like the car my Uncle Paul piloted on the streets of Toledo throughout the first half of the 1960s.
Unlike my Impala, Uncle Paul’s car was immaculate. Heck, you could have eaten dinner off of his garage floor. Uncle Paul led by quiet example. Humility, kindness and a cool car went a long way in making a positive impression on me.
Many of the ways in which we creatively serve our community through the dental office today are rooted in the generous spirit I experienced through my Uncle Paul.
Who is the Uncle Paul in your story? How will you keep her or his legacy alive and still speaking as you make your way into and through the New Year with intention? I’d love to hear your plan! firstname.lastname@example.org