1. The importance of educating yourself…
In our office, we have what we call feeder rooms, which are small rooms patients go into from the waiting area, that lead into my treatment room. This design allows me to work out of one treatment room, while maintaining a smooth flow for patients to come in and out. While they are waiting in this feeder room for only a few minutes, we have info posted to help educate patients. I usually post something highlighting what’s wrong with our current medical system, along with something highlighting why wellness is so important. We also post info about upcoming events and anything else we feel patients will benefit from. We change the information in each room (there are three rooms) every week. I share this with you because I have realized the incredible value of educating patients. My job is not to tell others what to do, but to give them the best information so that they can make the best decisions regarding their health. A lot of the information I share (like the information in these Friday’s Findings and my blog) is meant to give you a perspective that you may not be getting from the media, in magazines, or from your primary doctors. The best thing you can do is educate yourself, ask questions, and utilize as many resources as possible, to get as much information as possible, so that you can make the best decisions possible.
2. Something to think about…
Here is something I posted this past week in one of those feeder rooms in my office. I got A LOT of feedback from patients, so I thought I would share it here (the author is anonymous)…
To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask the person who was born on February 29th.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.
Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time. And remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.
3. Video worth watching (and/or re-watching)…
In 2012, Felix Baumgartner set a new world record when he jumped from 128,097 feet (24.2 miles) above the earth, reaching speeds over 800mph. I remember watching the jump and being a bit moved by it. It made me think about human possibility, pushing life to its limits, and fear. Yes… fear. I thought about how cool it is that Fearless Felix (as he is called) could get himself to do something so life-threatening. Turns out that Felix wasn’t so fearless after all. I just learned yesterday, while reading about his training, that he was so fearful at one point that he bailed… he quit. Knowing that he was letting down his sponsor (Red Bull), NASA engineers and scientists, and everyone involved with the project (that took several years and millions of dollars to prepare for), he sat in an airport and cried. Why am I sharing this? Fear is not something we avoid… it’s something we overcome. So… if hit with, or paralyzed by, fear, don’t quit. Fear is normal. Watch the short video below and be moved by such an incredible feat… and comforted by the fact that someone as fearless as Felix shares the same fears as you and me… but overcomes them!