Originally Written November 5, 2008
Last night as I was watching Barack Obama’s speech after winning the 2008 election I began to reflect on the past year and to look forward to the future. No matter what side you were on I think we all can agree that our nation is at a crossroads, and this election will undoubtedly be looked back upon as particularly historic.
November is a month of milestones not only for our country but for myself as well. This month I turn thirty, and the 1st was my two year anniversary here at McKinley Chiropractic. Those patients who have been here that long will no doubt recognize the changes that have taken place: the removal of walls, the changing of paint, the addition of staff (Ali), the shift in our focus to become a true family wellness practice.
As I listened to Obama speak I began to notice a theme running through his remarks. He said that in this time of crisis it is up to us to “summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other.” His message is that each of us must do what it takes to pull ourselves and our country out the crisis we face today.
What I took from his speech was a call for personal responsibility and compassion in looking after ourselves and our loved ones. I believe this is especially important when it comes to your health. Ultimately you are responsible for the choices you make in your lifestyle and these choices will determine your level of wellness.
This month I call on you to take responsibility for your health and the health of your loved ones. Ask yourself “what is one thing I can do today to make myself healthier”, and DO IT! If you see a friend or family member who is struggling, give them a hand. Help them understand what health is and show them how to take care of themselves. Demonstrate some of the stretches that help you, give them a pointer on how to eat better, refer them to our office for a wellness evaluation. Don’t find yourself in a position where you look back and say “I just wish I would have helped him/her more.” Take action today!
Again I want to thank you for all the blessings that have come into my life as a result of my affiliation with McKinley Chiropractic. I know that without you, our patients, none of it would be possible.
Dr. Jeremy Arthur