Seek a Cause, Not Applause

There is a saying that the true test of character is how a person behaves when no one is looking. What action do they take without an audience? It might be picking up a piece of trash in the school hallway when no one else is around. Or dropping off cans of food or a toy to a charity collection bin. Or holding a door open for someone you don’t know and will never meet again.

In a broader sense, the way we give back to the community also shows a bit about our character, especially when no one is looking. During the holiday season, so many of us are asked to give of our time, talents and treasury to organizations and causes. How do we respond?

It is always heartwarming to hear from our students, faculty and alumni who volunteer for many causes within the world of dentistry and outside of it. We even have students and faculty members who volunteer over their breaks to go on humanitarian dentistry trips to help underserved families overseas. I would like to thank these volunteers who give their time and talent without seeking applause or acknowledgement from others. This is in contrast with some celebrities, corporate representatives and politicians we occasionally see on TV who are all about the cameras and the publicity.

At Pacific Dugoni, we are fortunate to have many opportunities to give back to the community. Some of these opportunities are initiated by students, and others are organized by staff or faculty members. In many ways, the Season of Giving around our school extends far into the New Year and beyond.

In whatever way you give back, I encourage you to keep in mind the spirit of the cause and the good work you are doing in and of itself.