Ever hit a golf ball and have it dribble just a few yards forward? Or hit one right into the trees? What about those other magical times when you hit one right down the fairway. As BJ Palmer said, there’s a big difference between doing several things just right vs several things just wrong. It’s easy to realize that in the game of golf, but in the game of life, you don’t get immediate feedback. You need to search for it!
Congruent means that you walk your talk, that you do the things you say you are going to do. It doesn’t mean perfection, but a striving to be the best you can be, without sacrificing your ideals. This is far from an easy task today, with lots of things trying to lure us away from our mission. Reggie Gold exemplified someone who stuck to his purpose which was to, as BJ said, “sell chiropractic, serve chiropractic, and save chiropractic, even if it takes 20 lifetimes to do it.”
The incidence of pediatric concussion has skyrocketed. A 2016 article showed that 10- to 14-year olds had an increase of 143% and 15- to 19-year olds had increases of 87%, between 2007 and 2014 (see reference below). Chiropractors are uniquely qualified to help kids with concussion, since our focus is the brain, spine and nerve system. Listen as Dr. Rubin discusses this during a webinar for the Pediatric Summit.
Do we realize how all of us evolve from practically nothing? At one point we are but 2 microscopic cells. 40 trillion cells later and here we are! Amazing! That’s how the universe works. It has the ability to change nothing into something. Dr. Rubin shows how this works in our lives too…if you look around, you can see examples of grass growing through cracks in the sidewalk, proving how with determination, you can overcome almost anything to succeed!
DD Palmer created chiropractic to be a drugless healing art. There are some in the profession who want to introduce the ability to prescribe pharmaceuticals. There is nothing wrong with the judicious use of prescription medication, but that is not how chiropractic was founded. There is already an entire profession that does this. BJ Palmer asked us to keep chiropractic pure. What do you think?
Where were you when 9/11 occurred? It was one of those moments of your life that you will never forget. Where you driving when you first heard the news, at work, school or home? How did you react? What did you do? How old where you? Some of my interns were kids in middle school then. Some of my staff were even younger. My son was 6 and still remembers it vividly. Today we honor the victims of 9/11 and those brave first responders who ran up the stairs as everyone else ran down. And we honor those who came from all over the world to help the rescue efforts, including chiropractors who adjusted first responders at no charge at a church near Ground Zero. Never ever forget 9/11.
Ever been to an iMax movie, where your entire sensory experience is taken over by a huge screen and loud sound? When a child comes into your practice with a confusing set of symptoms, that is where you must place yourself in order to fully appreciate where they are coming from. Are they ok with you examining them? Or frightened? Respect where the little child is at and approach them not from your perspective but theirs, and you will win them over.
Have you ever seen something from a certain angle, and then upon closer inspection, it looked very different? That’s what it takes to be a pediatric chiropractor. Sometimes what you are looking at runs contrary to what the child’s diagnosis is, and it is your job as a chiro-detective to come up with what is really going on with the child. They are NOT a diagnosis; they are a unique and special person with very specific ways to reach their particular nerve system. Studying paintings from MC Escher helps to open your perspective… look at some of his best work here: (https://www.mcescher.com/).