When important changes begin to come into play in the year ahead, go with the flow of events instead of fighting them. Even if you don't see anything in it for yourself, events will prove that these shifts are beneficial.
In "The Darcy Connection," Elizabeth Aston wrote, "One's life is not as fixed as one believes. Surprises may lie in store for you; the unexpected often tends to happen, sometimes bringing in its train the most delightful change in one's life or circumstances."
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 71-year-old woman in relatively good health. About six months ago, I had an upper molar capped. My dentist has a new system in which the procedure is done all at one time. Immediately following the capping, it started feeling as though I had a cement-like discharge from that area. As were we getting ready to head north for the summer, I opted to do nothing until we returned.
In the year ahead, it behooves you to become more involved in creative endeavors that provide outlets to express your talents. The end result could be quite impressive and actually lead to a new job or career opportunity.
Journalist and humorist Kin Hubbard said, "The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket."
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am concerned about a family member who was diagnosed with melanoma. Could you please write a column with advice concerning its treatment? I read your column every day and really respect your opinion and knowledge.
The year ahead could be one of breaking down what is no longer working and replacing things with a new structure. Although you might seek change, lessons learned the hard way should guide your choices and decisions.
We are nearing the end of our series on doubles that are not for penalty, reaching the support double (and its brother, the support redouble). This is made by the opener after he has opened the bidding, his partner has responded one of a major, and the next player has made a minimum overcall in a suit (or has doubled for takeout). If the opener now doubles (or redoubles), he shows exactly three-card support for his partner's suit and any point-count. If instead he raises his partner's suit to any level, he guarantees four-card support.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 77-year-old man who, about four years ago, was diagnosed with hypertension in the 150/75 range. I was placed on HCTZ, and, soon after, my sodium levels were 117. When that occurred, my physician telephoned me to stop the medicine. Since that time, I have been placed on several different drugs. I developed a cough with ACE inhibitors, so they had to be stopped. I'm now on Diovan and Nifedical. My blood pressure remains under control, but my sodium level remains about 131. While my doctors aren't concerned about this, I have ...
The year ahead might be one of the more exciting ones you've had in a long time. You could find yourself engaged in more activities and situations where good things will happen. If you flow with the tide, it'll take you to sunny places.
Charles Darwin wrote, "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."
DEAR DR. GOTT: My son had unexplained mouth sores for six months. They broke out every three weeks. He saw a dentist and periodontist, who were both unable to help. He was then referred to a dental school. Once there, the dentists immediately knew what the problem was. He was diagnosed with idiopathic cyclic neutropenia (low white blood cell levels). He underwent weekly blood tests for a few months to confirm the diagnosis, but it was reassuring to know that the sores were not caused by lack of dental hygiene, as we thought.
The Senior Life Master had returned from Canada, where he had gone to see the fall colors. He was now sitting in the club bar, sipping on a glass of Australian semillon.
If you want to elevate your achievements in the year ahead, shoot for the moon instead of the streetlights. Raising your expectations will help you realize accomplishments you never thought possible.
Stephen Leacock, a Canadian writer and economist, said, "Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it."