What Does True Balance Look Like?
By Dr. George Bobbitt
We are a busy people. We have time for very little. If only we had more hours in the day…
I find it interesting that some individuals can get a lot more done in the same allotted time, and they have managed to create balance on most of life’s dynamics. These dynamics simply could be defined as our personal, family, work, social, spiritual and physical life to name a few.
Inherently, we all understand what balance means. It is much like the word gravity – "what goes up must come down." Yet with balance, a tip of the scale too far in one direction can create a catastrophe right under your nose while going undetected.
Our bodies are in a constant balancing act. The body regulates and balances millions of chemical reactions every second in an attempt to maintain optimum life and health. Our physical life expectancy and quality of life become in jeopardy as this balance is altered.
The problem is that this deviation from true balance slowly fades just under the radar. This slow fade continues until the body can no longer compensate, and it is at this moment our systems begin to fail.
As these systems fail, our body gives us warning signs or symptoms. These signs or symptoms can come in the form of pain, soreness, stiffness, numbness, tingling, aches etc. Or, these warnings may simply show up not as a pain but as a loss in function or ability to continue or do basic activities of daily living.
"I used to be able to that," "It has never been this bad," "I remember… ," "I can’t because… ," "I just don’t have the energy or strength," "I am too tired to…," "I am getting too old" – these are words I hear every single week. It is difficult to sit and listen as I consult with individuals about how their life is suffering and their quality of life is fading.
The difficulty comes directing one to start putting in some form of balance in their life. Any balance could catapult a cascade of beneficial reactions that begin the process of healing and restoration. The key would be – simply start.
This week I was tremendously blessed by a success story. One of our newest staff members recently began putting balance into his spine health. For some time he has suffered with a bad back, and he has not been able to play with his son. Each day the son asks, "Dad, can we wrestle and play"? Dad says, "No son, my back hurts, and I do not have the energy." My heart hurt as dad mentioned that his son tucks his head in disappointment as he walks away. This was a weekly occurrence.
After one week of beginning to balance his spine, the son no longer has to tuck his head in disappointment. In fact, the boy said, "Tell the doctors thank you for giving me my dad back."
I think Abraham Lincoln said it best, "In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years."
Remember that pain is an indicator that something is out of balance, but also remember that loss in function is as well. If your quality of life or health is suffering, just start putting in some form of balance. If you do not know how, then ask me – I can at least lead you in the right direction.