Trust the Process

If you didn’t get a chance to take a look at my last article, feel free to check it out here.  Most of today was, pretty much, filled with speakers and attendees sharing pictures and take-a-ways from the conference.  As one of the co-founders, I really didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy the event like the attendees.  There were mishaps with communication, a sick keynote, and many other things.  The RSVP’s didn’t match up with the number in attendance, and they never do.  But, don’t get me wrong!  What I took away from the event is to TRUST THE PROCESS.  Yes, I realize that typing in all caps has a particular meaning. But, I don’t care! The conference was off the chain!

All too often, we get caught up in the details at the expense of the overall goal. We idolize the minute details, while ignoring the big picture.  The details serve a purpose to get us to the destination.  The finished product.  Why don’t we always have the faith to believe the outcome will happen, exactly, as it is meant to happen?  TRUST THE PROCESS means to let go of everything that you don’t have control over in the moment.  The band might not be able to make it.  OK!  Where do we go from this point?  Breathe and relax!  Guess what? They were able to make it after all.  What do you mean the closing keynote is sick?  No worries! Dude on the team is an amazing speaker, and ready to fill in the need.  And, he showed up and showed out for us!

Isn’t that what life is all about? Something unexpected happens, then you assess the situation and respond. Adapt and overcome! Recognize that change might become a part of your process. When soldiers are in combat and things start to get stressful, they breathe. Why? To gain control of their emotions in order to assess the situation and make appropriate decisions.  The more chaotic the situation, the calmer you need to be in that situation.  That allows you the ability to gain clarity, which lends itself to being able to TRUST THE PROCESS.

Now, I’m not saying to neglect the details.  That is part of the process.  You can’t make a cake without all the ingredients. You can’t fix a car without the necessary parts. The details serve a purpose. Just don’t get fixated on them! The blueprint is not the actual building! It’s your guide along the journey! So, sit back and enjoy the ride! That’s what we ultimately did…at the celebration dinner! Always, TRUST THE PROCESS.

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The Pain In My Back (part 2)

If you’ve never experienced a vertebral subluxation, you should count yourself blessed. In my last article, I started writing about my experience with this condition. After what was an extremely challenging week, it was followed with a week of improvement and  progress.  Much of the pain has left my body; as well as, the tingling in my feet.  After several days of chiropractic adjustments and stretching, I can say that I feel much better. I can get in and out of the car without pain. I can pick up my little ones.

Thinking about how this condition came out of no where, it reminds me of how life can take a turn on us at a moments notice.  One minute everything is going well, there isn’t a care in the world. All of sudden, there’s an application of pressure calling on us to adjust to this situation. Depending on our foundation, our adjustments will facilitate or impede or progress. If you go back to my previous article, you see how it ends with an affirmation of what is an expectation of a quick recovery.  My foundation is rooted in my faith, that my God is a healer.  At the same time, my faith requires something of me.  It requires me to follow the treatment plan. It requires me to rest my body. It requires me to align my body and mind.

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The Pain in My Back

This past week has been a challenging one for me.  Why has this week been more difficult than other weeks as of late?  Well, I’m glad that you asked!  It started with back pain, that came out of no where.  Mind you! I’ve felt this pain 2-3 times before in the past year.  Each time, it comes on with no warning.  When it strikes, I’m down for the count for several days.  Then, it goes away and things are back to normal. This week, that was not the case.  The usual suspects (tightness in the thighs, throbbing in my hips, and burning in the small of my back) were present. However, they decided to bring a friend (tingling in my foot and lower leg).

All of this prompted me to contact a chiropractor, which I’ve never had to do in the past.  Never crossed my mind.  But this time, it was different.  I begin to search my insurance company’s website for one.  I find the one closest to me, and I make that call in the morning.  Thirty minutes after making that call, I’m sitting inside of the Chiropractor’s Office.  Each step full of agonizing pain, that won’t go away.

I fill out the intake forms, take care of vitals signs, and begin to share my story.  My story prompts them to take an x-ray, and that’s when the intruder is revealed41185027_1952594641498573_480098247575076864_n.  However, I don’t get this information until the next day at my second appointment.  Sublaxation of the spine! I’m not really feeling this information. The day before, I walk into this office thinking that she’ll crack my back and I’ll be good to go. Now, it’s something else. I’m embarking on what the doctor describes to me as a long process. A treatment plan consisting of twenty visits.  Definitely, not feeling that information!

Grateful that I’ve insurance to use for this situation. But, the thought of a $30/copay for each visit is not what I need at this time. I mean I’ve a family to feed and bills to pay. Started a new position at work as this week, and I’ve had to miss close to three days of an already shortened week. I’m expected do stretch every hour.  Didn’t I mention that I have to work? I’ve kids, who I long to roughhouse with. I’ve got a weeds to pull. Blah, Blah, Blah!

I could go on and on about the pain caused by the pain in my back.  But, that’s not the end of the story.  After receiving treatment, it feels a lot better. I’ve gained back a lot of range of motion from the prescribed stretches. I’m walking a little more. I’m more cognizant of my posture after a coworker shared an article on back pain. I’ve the faith, that God will speed up my healing process! When I feel discomfort, I’m reminded of how much I need to rely on Him to get me through it.  In my weakness, He is made strong!