Next New Beginnings - April 24 - 27, 2008
Onward and Upward
by Dr. Frank Bowling
Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed
Or what’s a heaven
- Robert Browning
be nice to be perfect? To have a perfect mind… a perfect body… a perfect
life? To enjoy perfect health… perfect relationships… a perfect job? To
accomplish every goal we set? To get everything we want?
Dream on. I’ve often thought that as human beings, our job is to hold
perfection up as an ideal, an objective to be pursued, though never
realized. Carl Schurz said, “You choose ideals as your guides, and
following them, you will reach your destiny.”
I’m a firm believer in lifelong learning. If I couldn’t take seminars
and classes, read, and listen to personal and professional growth
programs, my life would be pretty empty. Although it’s probably true
that we’re all doomed to failure when it comes to achieving our full
potential, I think we have to try. I think we owe it to ourselves, to
the people we care about, and to our world. Ultimately, I think the
purpose of life is to grow, and to help others grow as well.
Unfortunately, it’s apparently not enough to just learn, maybe because it
doesn’t fulfill our need to matter, to make a difference. I recently
heard a seminar speaker say the following: “Information without
implementation leads to depression.” At least for me personally,
those words have the telltale ring of truth.
song that always inspires me and lifts me up when I’m down is,
“Life Uncommon,” by a young lady named Jewel. If
space would allow, I’d quote the full lyrics to you here, but for now,
the following excerpt will have to do:
Lend your voices only to sounds of
No longer lend your strength to that which
You wish to be free from
Fill your lives with love and bravery
And you shall lead a life uncommon.
There exists in each of us a perfection that is very real, one that lies
deep inside the very core of every person, and indeed, every living
thing. It’s something that D.D. Palmer, the founder of my profession in
1895, described as “Innate Intelligence.”
Dr. Palmer chose the term “innate” to convey the idea of
something we’re born with, something that’s part of our “inner
essential nature.” In Dr. Palmer’s day, the word could also be
used as a verb, meaning “to cause to exist” or “to
call into being.”
Try to think of yourself as just a ball of light, filled with pure,
intelligent energy. In truth, that’s exactly what we are. Our bodies
are simply a place for us to live, and we’re continually renewing and
re-creating them from one instant to the next.
The purpose of chiropractic care is to release the “imprisoned
impulse” between our inborn, innate intelligence, that
“pure potential” that is our “inner essential nature,”
and its physical expression in our lives. That unseen connection between
what we appear to be, and what we truly are, is the key to our health,
our happiness, and indeed, our evolution “onward and upward.”
It’s the secret to living “a life uncommon,” allowing us to
truly become all we were meant to be, and to transform ourselves and our
world into a reality that even Robert Browning would be hard pressed to
Wishing you only the very best,
Dr. Frank Bowling
I would rather march into defeat
having maintained my principles,
than to walk into victory
by Dr. Bob Braile
is a common misguided belief that there are times when your have to
surrender you principles to get ahead.
One of the more common things I have heard is, "Well, that's all fine and
good, but we have to live in the real world." This usually is what
precedes a rationalization for including things in your practice that
earn an income but somehow "bend" or compromise your principles.
been invited into many a chiropractic office where I see therapy
equipment that I did not expect to see in that doctor's office. As
the doctor gives me the tour, and gets to the room with that equipment,
they then start to rationalize, or downplay the Therapy or procedure.
spent $100K to put a video Fluoroscopy into my Florida office many moons
ago, I was PROUD that I added that equipment. I couldn't wait to
show it off to another visiting doctor. I did not need to
rationalize or com up with excuses for having it.
always tell when a doctor has compromised their principles. They
tell me about their office and offer an apology for something in their
office like therapy, or massage, or traction. And while I have
opinions about these things in a chiropractic office, (subject for
another newsletter), it is obvious that the doctor has deep issues about
you think the result is of having something in your office that you are
not proud of, but are to afraid to get rid of? This is a volume
killer! People can smell fear. They can tell when you are
selling verses when you are sold on what you do.
purpose of my writing here is NOT to make anyone feel guilty. As young
Obi-Wan Kenobi told Anakin Skywalker before their fight scene in Star
Wars III, "You have done that yourself!"
If you do
not feel 100% excited about something you are doing in your office, STOP
DOING IT! Not for me, not for any other DC, but for yourself.
The conflict within you will drag you down like the chains of Jacob
Marley, (the dead partner of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol).
The reality is often opposite of what you fear. If you fear
to change as you think it may hurt you, the reality is that not changing
is hurting you more.
wonderful thing about the New Beginnings meeting is that it lets you have
a "New Beginning". One without fear, one based in love, and one in
which you can succeed and grow based upon the principles you know are
your core. If you are fearful of change, if you are rationalizing
any part of your practice, if you are not walking your walk, allow a
New Beginnings to happen for you.
for a New Future
Chiropractic Growth & Philosophy Weekend
When: April 24 - 27, 2008
Where: Sheraton Hotel &
Conference Center, Eatontown, New Jersey,
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