Enjoy Your Shoes: Happy “Freedom” Day 2012

by Dr. Christopher on July 3, 2012

Perspective is a powerful tool for change and a better life.

Some ignore their health for decades.  They witness a loved one die prematurely from lifestyle choices (a sugar-laden diet or a 2-pack-a-day cigarette habit).  Next thing you know, they’re working out 7x/week and eating like a perfectionist.

Others are complacent living the life that the universe has seemed to hand them.  Victimized.  They witness a person who lives his passion, doing exactly what he wants every single day that he awakens, trying to get others to do the same.  Finally, they realize they can have their dreams too.  Pursuing the job they never thought they could have, the travelling they were always too scared to do, or the family they never imagined they could have.

When you get out of your shoes and put on someone else’s, you see the world through a different lens that allows you to take different actions than you would have taken before.  To change your reality to create the life of your dreams.  And to appreciate what you have.

Other Human Being’s Shoes

Every year, there are 1.6 million diarrhea-related deaths across the world, most of them in children under 5.  That’s why Water Charity exists.

When’s the last time you said “thank you” for the water from your faucet?

I just read Crossing the Heart of Africa. by Julian Smith (Thanks Kara for the recommendation!).  In 2007, National Geographic writer Julian Smith followed the path of Ewart Grogan, who in 1898, was the first man to travel the poles of Africa from South to North by foot!

On the way, Mr. Grogan encountered man-eating hippos, man-eating bacteria and parasites, as well as man-eating men, that would eat men alive.

In the United States, we have no perception of man-eating anythings.  How lucky are we?

In the same book, Julian Smith recounts the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.  Tutsi rebels chopped millions of men, women, and children to death with machetes.  Multiple machetes by multiple people on one victim.

Developed civilization sure sounds like the bee’s knees to me.

Expressing Gratitude for “Freedom”

The United States celebrates July 4 … and our “freedom”.

When is the last time you thought about what that “freedom” means?

Whether it’s having limitless food at your disposal, clean drinking water, the ability to be in nature, to work as hard as you want to have the income (because MONEY = FREEDOM) that you want, to be able to go to the movies or bowling, or to pursue the life of your dreams.

Or to go on a hike outdoors and not be eaten by something else.

The shoes that Americans are wearing feel pretty comfortable to me.

Let this be a call to reflect and express gratitude.

What does “freedom” mean to you?

Dr. Christopher Stepien is a chiropractor, chronic pain specialist, and A.R.T. provider, and clinic director of the Barefoot Rehabilitation Clinic in Northern NJ.  He has been trained under the Integrative Diagnosis system for “clinical excellence”.  He loves to help people in ANY way he can. Please reach out to him if he can be of a service in any way. It doesnt hurt to ask.

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