Hope this email finds everyone enjoying their holiday weekend.  Today, I bring you a special extra addition of Weekly Well-Being with a special topic.  It's not so much about healthcare today, although you can certainly apply the topic to healthcare.  The great thing about this topic is that it probably will have a different meaning for everyone.  As you read, a part of your life (or thoughts of someone else's) may be triggered.  Let's get rolling...


Today I want to talk about choices.  We only get one life to live, so I am of the opinion that you have to do as much as you can with the life that you have.  Often times, that requires us to make unpopular choices.  In regards to healthcare, I make my living on getting people to make an unpopular choice.  1% of the 6 billion people on this planet get chiropractic care.  That will change over time, but we live in a world where alternatives to the normal are frowned upon. 


I'd like you to keep something in mind, though, when it comes to making a choice.  I'm not just talking about healthcare, but choices in general.  Healthcare, of course, is very important and here's the shameless plug to go see a chiropractor to make sure your all-too-important brain to body network is free of interference.  We make choices every day.  I could argue that every choice is a major choice, but let's not take the philosophical route this week and just focus on big choices of the potentially life-altering variety. 


We all are eventually faced with those choices.  I'm still very young, so I've really only had a few of those choices to make in my short life.  No matter the age, you all know what I'm talking about.  Often times we seek help from friends and family to help us make the best choice, but there will come a time when asking advice from others just won't get the job done.  The reason?  Well, you will eventually have to make a choice that is best for only YOU.


In our society, we are taught that making such a decision would be selfish.  I'm going to offer you a different perspective in saying that we all have to be selfish sometimes because YOU are responsible for taking care of YOU.  If you can't take care of yourself, how can you live your life to the fullest?  Help others?  Be the best wife?  Be the best husband?  Be the best parent?  Be the best at what you do for a living? 


Making the tough choice, the unpopular choice, may be what is best for you.  Don't be afraid to go left just because everyone else would go right.  In doing so, be confident in your choice.  The best way to know that you've made the best choice for you is when, in that moment when someone challenges your decision, you don't find yourself needing to defend it.  I'm not going to lie, that's the hard part.  Getting to that point, like many things in life, is probably going to take some time.  Once others start to question you, you'll be tempted to re-think your decision.  Stay the course.  Your decision wasn't about THEM, it was about YOU. 


If you make an unpopular choice and it truly is what is best for you, then those people who question you will find that you're a better person and a better, more positive influence on their lives for the difficult decision that you made.  It's really this simple: a happy, content YOU makes for better relationships with those around you.  In the event that the people who question you don't stick around in your life, then that's OK...they weren't supposed to be there if that's the case. 


We were not put on this earth to be human doings, going through the motions to try and make the best of things.  We were put on this earth to be human beings living to our maximum potential. 


Again, we only get one life to live (cue soap opera theme).  On this holiday, think about the life you are living.  Here's hoping that you are a human BEING living up to your fullest potential, and if you don't think you are, don't be afraid to make an unpopular choice...


Yours in HEALth and happiness,