As the clock struck midnight this past weekend, many of us celebrated by popping open a bottle of champagne, singing "Auld Lang Syne," and kissing our significant other (or at least for some of you the person deemed most-significant at midnight!).
Many of us celebrated by waking up on January 1st after falling asleep on the couch well before the clock struck 12:00AM and watching the Times Square ball drop on our DVR.
Whichever way you celebrated, 2017 is upon us, and you have a clean slate. Now is your chance to start clean, to start over.
But I need to let you know that you don't have to start clean. You don't have to start over. It's true -- you do have a choice in the matter. You can choose to make 2017 the year you take action and live pain free, or you can choose to stay in your current condition, accept your health history as your health destiny, and keep on living a life full of pain and limitations.
Either way, the choice is yours.
Yes, that's right. Read that last sentence again if you need to.
YOU get to choose.
It's been said that life doesn't happen to us, it happens for us. It's a glass-half-full-glass-half-empty sort of thing. When we're faced with trying times, we can either choose to let them happen to us, or we can change our perspective and decide that there is a reason for which that particular thing is happening.
We either wallow in our sorrow with a woe-is-me attitude, or we stand up, stand strong, and decide that we have been given an opportunity to grow and improve. When faced with trials, it's an opportunity to learn from our experience. It's a chance to take control of the reigns and realize that we play a vital role in how our story ends.
For those of you unfamiliar with Pete Egoscue's story, he was presented with a choice, just like you are. After being injured in the Vietnam War, he was recovering in the hospital and overheard two doctors conversing about a soldier in the bed next to him. In the course of the conversation, one doctor turned to the other doctor and said something to the effect of, "You know...all of these soldiers in here have a choice: They either get better, or they die."
For Pete, that was his light-bulb moment. That was when he realized he could either continue down the path of pain and frustration, or he could choose to find a different way, a better way.
Obviously, it's clear which path he chose. He refused to accept the status quo. He refused to believe that his condition was permanent. And he absolutely refused to believe that his pain was all in his head, which is what he was being told after countless tests determined that "nothing was wrong" with his body.
Sound familiar? I'm sure many of you can relate. If that sounds like your story, I want you to realize that you have a choice! You have options. But...you have to choose. You have to decide. Let's agree to make 2017 the year you decide. If you're looking for help, we have multiple options. You can see us in-clinic, we can connect on Skype or FaceTime, we offer Online Therapy, and Pete has authored several books. Basically, we have you surrounded! There are no excuses for you not getting help!
The choice is yours.
QUESTION: What will you choose?
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