Gratitude 11/23/15

November, 2015

As we head into the busy holiday season, there is much to be grateful for. As I reflect on 2015, my experience with hip surgery created an opportunity me to grow as a physical therapist. The unexpected changes that happen when running a small business also provide on-going oppoGratitudertunities for growth.

However, not every experience is initially met with excitement for this opportunity. In fact, when faced with challenges, my first response is often, “Oh no, not now!” Many transitions have occurred within my practice over the last several years, and there have been times where I’ve wondered how many more changes I can realistically deal with.

Yet, here I am, looking back at the growth, strength and resiliency that these changes have brought. Each time I’ve been confronted with an unexpected change, I have a choice. Do I wallow in “why me?” and become a victim of the challenges of running a business? (Especially one in our complex health system). Or, do I take a deep breath, settle into the moment, and allow myself to see things clearly.

For me, clear-seeing is realizing that I am surrounded by amazing people, employees and patients who are participating and benefiting from the opportunity to receive unique, custom and caring healthcare. It is also remembering that I can’t change the past, and worrying about the future is futile. I can take one step forward in this moment and be grateful for so much. In truth, there are still far more things working well, than not.

I enter this season of gratitude, giving, caring, laughter and joy with so many things to be thankful for. I am exercising regularly with very little hip pain and can’t wait to take my first ski run. The new employees that have joined our team are exceptional people who are eager to participate in the Healing Bridge vision of offering a genuine holistic physical therapy experience for our clients. I could go on and on about the endless things I am grateful for – and I encourage you to do so.

Amidst all of the fun of the season, there can also be stresses and disappointments. During these times finding gratitude can be very difficult. I invite you to reflect and even write down what you have to be grateful for, even if it’s the most basic of comforts. It’s one of the best antidotes to stress!

Wishing you a Thanksgiving where everywhere you look, you remember what you are grateful for.

“If the only prayer you ever said was ‘Thank You’, that would be enough.” Meister Eckhart


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