It's 6:00 AM, and your alarm clock goes off. What do you do?
Do you spring out of bed?
Do you hit the snooze button until it's almost physically impossible to be ready for work on time?
I'm sure for some of you, the thought of waking up at 6:00 is no big deal. You have a spring in your step, and there's no possible way you'd even think about hitting the snooze button.
But for others of you reading this...it's a much different story. I'm sure for some folks, the thought of waking up at 6:00 sends chills down their spine.
Those folks need a little extra motivation.
I came across a great interview with Simon Sinek a while back, and it was something that I believe you, our client, need to hear, as many of you have experienced quite a bit of ups-and-downs as you have traveled through your chronic pain journey. I'm extremely familiar with those ups-and-downs. I know from first-hand experience that dealing with chronic pain can be frightening. If you are anything like I was, you are scared that you are always going to hurt, you fear you’ve done irreparable damage to your body, and the diagnosis you are given (and then go home and quickly google) leaves you certain that you only have about two weeks left to live! (Even though everyone involved knows that what you’re dealing with is a changeable condition, not a disease.)
I was listening to the interview, Simon Sinek and Ken Coleman, the gentleman interviewing him, had this dialogue:
Simon Sinek — “What I learned is that none of us can do anything without the help of others. Our courage comes from the courage of others.”
Ken Coleman — “Oh, wow…that’s good: When we don’t have courage, it’s okay to borrow it from others.”
Simon Sinek — “You know, when you do the Marine Corp Marathon, there are Marines that run the marathon in full gear. And, when the Marines are struggling and they don’t think they can do it, they scream out, ‘Motivate me! Motivate me!’ They don’t scream out, ‘I don’t think I can do it,’ they scream out, ‘Motivate me!’ In other words, they make it the team’s responsibility to keep everyone on the team going, and I love that.”
So, let me break that down for you. You don’t have to have courage. You don’t have to be strong. This journey you’re on isn’t designed to be a solo mission. And let me be the first to say that if you don’t have courage, if you’re fearful, I get it. Trust me, boy do I get it.
I’ve been there.
I’ve shed the same tears.
I’ve had the same thoughts.
I’ve heard the same doubting voices in my head.
I want to tell you that you have a partner in this process. You don’t have to do this alone. Yes, you have to do the work, but you’re part of a team. Now, having been through this process as a client, I have courage for you. Nothing you tell me scares me. No diagnosis you bring to the table is “too big.” I don’t believe for one second that you’ve waited too long or that you’re too far gone.
There will be times as you go through this process that you feel like you can’t go on. You’ll think there’s not enough time. You’ll get discouraged. You’ll hit a plateau. Your mind will tell you to quit. That’s when you need to yell, “Motivate me! Motivate me!,” and we’ll do exactly that.
QUESTION: When have you felt like giving up?
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I’ve never surfed, but I’d love to learn how to do it one day.
To me, it's a combination of so many different things: athleticism, balance, strength, beauty, control, power, grace, nature. When I watch surfers, I find myself in awe of what they are capable of doing. Even the bad ones are good, and I know that if I were to try, I would find myself way below the “bad ones”, at least initially.
I was talking with another Egoscue therapist the other day who is going through a very stressful time in her life. We were talking about all that was happening when she said, “You know…it’s kind of like surfing. You have to paddle out through the waves to reap the reward.”
Sheesh...Isn’t that SO true?
Life isn’t always easy.
This journey that we’re on isn’t always smooth.
Life is full of ups and downs.
There is no doubt in my mind that you’ve faced rough times. As you have paddled through life, you have faced your fair share of waves crashing over you. For many of us, it feels as thought it's a never-ending cycle of waves.
I’ve been there, and, to put it mildly, it’s not pleasant. I'm sure that the vast majority of you reading this article have felt the waves of chronic pain crashing over you at some point in your life. Some days you feel horrible. Other days you feel not as horrible. Trust me, I know those feeling. I've dealt with chronic pain.
When you’re in the thick of it, when chronic pain is a minute-by-minute thought in your mind, your rough stretch seems unending, your pain insurmountable. The waves continually crash, you’re getting pounded, pushed farther and farther under the water, and you’re struggling just to catch your breath.
And time and again as you’re paddling out, you see the wave coming your way and you think, “If I can just make it past this wave, it’ll be smooth sailing the other side!” But often times the reality of the situation is that as you crest that wave, you quickly realize there are three others behind it. Your struggle continues. And it is very real.
But, I’m here to tell you that your struggles can end. They're not insurmountable. Chronic pain won’t win. Today I want you to hear -- really hear -- that you’re enough. Today I want you to hear -- really hear -- your body is enough.
Paddle on. Press through. Because only when you get on the back side of the wave can you turn around and see just how far you have come. And, only then will you be able to reap the reward for all of your hard work. Only then will it be smooth sailing.
But you have to keep paddling.
If you feel like your battle with chronic pain is never ending, contact us today. We can offer help at one of our clinics all over the world, or we can help you from the comfort of your own home or office. Either way, help is right around the corner.
QUESTION: When have you felt the waves continually crashing down on you?
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