Guest Blog by Todd E. Riddle, DC, CCSP, RKT, CSCS, ICSC
I enjoy the holiday season as much as the next person. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that they also suck some times. For many, these last few days of the year are filled with merriment, gifts, family time and festivities. It's a time of joy and excitement for the things to come in the New Year.
Perhaps it’s a bit somber, but I oftentimes find myself being visited by the ghost of Christmas past. Christmas seasons that I struggled to make ends meet, relationships that went poorly or ruminating on another year of “should haves, but didn’t”. I’m doing it a little less these days, but those seemingly rough times do lend me some perspective even still; a chance to reflect on something and someone other than myself. And with 2020 being a Christmas tree fire started by the drunk uncle who tried to put it out with his double shot of brandy, being observant is more important than ever before.
This time of year, I redirect my thoughts towards my patients.
This time of year, I redirect my thoughts towards my patients. Pain in patients can be a tricky thing. Sometimes, it seems fairly obvious why they are in pain. Perhaps they slipped and fell, or maybe picked something up wrong. Many times, the pain has nothing to do with physical injury. Instead, it’s suffering steeped in years of deeply rooted mental or emotional trauma that forces its way to the surface during holidays. Holidays can become a weak spot in the seemingly impenetrable armor of the people who hide it well for most of the year.
So, my holiday wish this year is to bring more attention to those people smiling their way through, but are secretly and silently suffering. Take a moment to revisit all of the people that you are working with or treating right now. Look deeply for the signs that make your intuition light up like a yule log fire. You have the chance to give them the greatest gift of all, connection. And, for what it’s worth, I am always here to chat if something in my ramblings connected with you and need someone to listen.
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Great New Year.
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