Until recently, I had spent a lot of energy, worry and fear on my size. Not my girth, but my height and bone structure. Now that I write this, I see even more the stupidity in my worry. What can I do to change my height? Can I add one inch to my shoulder width by worry? Silly.
A friend pointed out to me that I needed to embrace the dichotomy in myself – the gentle approach to patient care, the tender compassion I have for the hurting with the size issue. He encouraged me to spend time and energy writing out the seemingly opposite traits I have built into me. I chose to label them Gentle and Giant.
What can be gentle about me? I am so large and powerful. I’m glad you asked. I am a very tender-hearted man. I empathize easily with people, positively or negatively. I have very sensitive hands with great muscle control so I can provide just the amount of force needed to affect the adjustment. I also know some very gentle very low force techniques that are extremely effective when applied in the right circumstance. I can rock babies to sleep in minutes. I adjust babies from newborn on. I cry for a good song with a great message…Annie’s Song gets me every time.
Mushy, I know. How can such a marshmallow be a giant? Have you seen me? 6’3″, 350 lbs. I’m a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. I power lift. Over 600 lb on squat. Even though I empathize readily, don’t expect me to be a push over for consequences you knew would happen for your choices. I will still help you, but you have to learn from your mistakes just like I am learning from mine. The Truth is the Truth…PERIOD. My kids know what I will and will NOT do for them. You get put in jail … make yourself comfortable, give me a call to let me know, but don’t expect me to come bail you out.
My oh my. What should you expect with that jumbled mess?
Open Mind, Open Arms, Unadulterated Truth, Sincere Recommendations, and Precise Ambiguity (ok, that was just a funny).
I promise to keep an open mind to hear you and listen to you (two different processes) while you tell me your story. It still shocks me that I have to ask 3 or 4 times for the entire story to get information. It saddens me that our society has brain washed us to an extent that we must dig and poke and prod just to get an answer to ‘what happened’ or especially ‘how are you?’
I have as my mission to take care of anyone for any reason. If you agree to be my patient, and attempt to follow my recommendations, then I will agree to do my very best to get rid of your subluxations and let God’s Plan take over again in your body. Whatever that means – health, healing, stability, ease, quality of life, or quantity of life. I choose to take care of you, regardless of what you bring along with you.
Truth in Love is a better term. I commit to you that I will always share with you my thougts about your heath and wellness. I will always open up to you my concerns and plans for you. I will always temper that truth with love, and deliver in a manner that will be easy to understand. I will do my very best to help you make the decision that is in your best interest.
Any recommendation I offer will be made with your best interest in mind. It will take into account all that I know about you, all I know about health, wellness and Chiropractic, and all that I can muster in resources to allow you the best recovery and progress towards optimum heath and wellness.
So, there you have it. My Gentle Giant story. Take it. Leave it. Accept it or not – it is one part of who I am.