How many promises have you made to yourself and family this year that you were unable to keep? How many things have you pledged to do, only to find that a lack of time got in the way? Important things – like spending more time with your family, taking a vacation, getting back into physical shape, having your eyes checked, your teeth fixed, your spine examined?
At the same time, have you noticed how all the really unimportant things have taken over – little social obligations and in-consequential tasks that put a strain on your time and energy… make more demands on your income?
Maybe it’s because we have more opportunity; maybe it’s because we have more luxury; maybe it’s because we live in a highly competitive society; but somehow, we tend to let life become complicated with unimportant things.
As a result, we are caught up in a maddening circle of activity going around and around… reaching higher and higher… moving faster and faster… taking on more responsibility and adding more strain… picking up speed until we are spinning so fast that even the important things in life are thrown out of focus and out of perspective.
This is the 20th Century Merry-Go-Round. We eat, yet we are not hungry. We strive for free time, but waste it when we get it. We find ways to live longer, but abuse our health so as to live shorter. We have greater opportunity to do, and yet we don’t truly enjoy. We plan everything, but we seldom achieve anything. We worry about the world, yet we neglect ourselves.
This is one of the illnesses of the age. It’s symptoms are felt psychologically with frustration and tension; it’s results are felt physically with fatigue, sickness and pain.
Obviously, no one can tell you how to live or re-mold your life. But if you find yourself cramming more and more and enjoying it less and less, this is a good time to re-evaluate your goals.
For the sake of your health and well-being, your Doctor of Chiropractic urges you to slow down. Pace yourself. Start taking time to enjoy the meaningful things in life… and to appreciate the important people in your life. Take time also to do those things which are essential to a long, satisfying, and productive life. This involves a preventive-care attitude towards health, one which recognizes the need for frequent check-ups, including that of a continuously taxed spine and nervous system.
No one is immune to the excitement of the Merry-Go-Round syndrome. But you don’ t have to take the ride!
Hope you have a happy and healthy year ahead!
If you have any questions that you would like addressed, Dr. Cooper can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org