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The cliches, oh the cliches… but here we go.  Another year gone in what felt like no time at all.  When you look back on your year, and I will drive this point home if allowed, you NEED to look back on your year.  It is much more valuable to first look back, then look forward, than to put the blinders on and simply look forward.  No matter how the year went, there is knowledge back there that you need to use.

First – what DID you say you were going to do last year that did not come to fruition?  Lets get a few on the table, and as memory joggers consider – health, weight, working out (fitness), JOY, energy, time utilization (did you waste more than is acceptable), JOY… did I mention JOY, work, performance at work, or perhaps limiting performance at work, which leads to family, finances, and a myriad of other possibilities.  Consider those, and then consider what you set out to achieve this past year.  How did you do?  Or did you not actually set out to achieve anything in particular?

If not, or regardless of what happened relative to those goals, perhaps you are now perfectly primed to have some goals for 2019?  If you have ever read any of my New Years posts from the past decade, you will see that I am a fan of setting goals at the new year… I believe God has gifted us with this time of year along with the feeling of renewal purposefully… that there is no coincidental feeling of a fresh start, but rather it is His plan to have you continually reflect, year after year after year at who you are, what you have done, what you will do and who you will become.

I often wonder is my mission today changing faster than it has before, am I being called into something different, and I believe the answer is yes.  That there will be a time in the next few years where my next chapter will be revealed to me, and it will take me away from the chiropractic table more and more, and put me in front of a room.  Teaching, like I do for the 60 Day Turnaround… or like I do with these posts.  Perhaps you have had similar tugs, pulls on your heart that you are on a mission, and the only real question is whether you are on that mission or not.

Let me share with you some excerpts from an Andy Stanley sermon from years ago, that have become commonplace in my “Mission Management” workshop, which is one in my 60 Day Turnaround, and happens to be the one I enjoy teaching the most.  All success tends to come from the right decision making attitude, and that attitude comes from a commitment that is not made lightly, ever.  I like using the hashtag, #oneday… because it really only takes one day, one strong commitment, made from a series of questions and answers that lead us to the decision to do.  To do whatever it takes to succeed, based on being called to whatever this task is, by the purpose that drives us.

Whoa!  That might be a bit much to take in, but just slow it down, re-read it two times, and be sure you are ready to proceed.

Principles to live by –

  1. There is a CUMULATIVE value to investing small amounts of time in certain activities over a long period.  “Exercise, relationships, sports, etc.​”

  2. There is little value in any one investment of time into those activities.​  “Nobody wins a marathon the first time they try to run one, and it is rare that marriages last that happen before any dating (in our society).”

  3. Neglect has a CUMULATIVE effect as well.​  “You gain weight and lose fitness if you sit on the sidelines (or the couch) too long.”

  4. There are rarely any immediate consequences for neglecting single installments of time.​  “Stay at work late one night and you don’t notice any change in how your spouse views you… stay at work late every night for three years, and you might not have a spouse anymore.”

  5. There is no cumulative value to the URGENT things that we allow to interfere with what is most important.  “What have you done with all the days you missed your workouts?​  Show me the book that you wrote from all of that time you saved… or can you simply quote Seinfeld episodes?”

  6. In the CRITICAL arenas of life, you cannot make up for lost time.  You cannot cram for these.  “7 dates in one week won’t save a marriage that has been neglected for 10 years.”

Such a huge set of principles… the kind that save lives and relationships, and change the world if used in the right ways.  As you work through the goals for 2019, I would ask you to consider those principles, consider how they have impact on what you have done up until now, and what you will differently going forward.

I have had the privilege of teaching thousands of people through diet challenges over the last two decades, and there is one area that we rarely see success with.  What happens after the success?

Meaning, when you get to the next level, and you are trying to figure out where to go now, what to do next, how to keep this success going… in most cases the answer is – we fail.  I would say that about 40% of people who set out to get life change on a 30-60 day challenge, make it.  And less than 10% of those people, keep it going long enough to secure life change for themselves, and the reason is simple.

When there are no rules, there are no rules.

And usually there are no rules at the beach.

Or at the Super Bowl party, or Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Birthdays, that special lunch that Suzy has been planning… the list is endless.  Sure you can put on a good show for 60 days, but then what?  Then most people lean back into tradition, and slip.  But not an acceptable slip.  An over the cliff edge into the cavern kind of slip.

Collect yourself.  Take a moment and consider what you are meant to accomplish in 2019, and in that pause I would ask you to only take on what you are very serious about taking on.   What are you going to stand for in 2019?

I have a lot on my plate, and as I sort it all out for 2019, I get this awesome feeling of fear and excitement… it is actually what I thrive in.  I so recall that year that I added three chiropractic practices to the three I had, and it was fabulous.  The opportunity for leadership, for growth, physically, mentally and spiritually.

This year I am going to witness so many things that cumulatively all fit to provide the opportunity for me to launch deeper into leading people into courageous steps in their own lives.  As that is my current calling… to lead people into a place of confidence where fear is not squashed out, but rather overshadowed by courage.

Be well and be blessed!  – Dr. E

Every year… just about every year I write something about Christmas at some point between Thanksgiving and Christmas day.  This is another one of those busy years, where the post is coming later than I want, but thankfully before the big day.

“The BIG Day”… sounds kind of funny.  “Christmas is not a Biblical holiday”.  I believe I took four years with a write up which was all about this day NOT being Biblical.  But the reality is, I should say, it is not an observed Holiday in the Bible.  It is a day that we chose to turn into a celebration of Christ’s birth.  Can’t be bad.  Until we mess it up.  BUT, for those Christians who don’t choose to celebrate Christmas,  I totally get it, and for those who do, I totally get it.  I just like taking a moment to go one step further than saying what the reason for the season is, but rather, to put OUR purpose in the season under the microscope.

Thus my topic will not be about why Christmas is not a necessary holiday, nor am I going to bleed into the New Year and the empowering potential of starting over, ripping out the old pages and starting fresh.  No, I plan on staying right here in the present, in Christmas, in my topic for the day.  Christmas as an opportunity to Love.

There was a time that I can remember, when Christmas was all about me.  I wonder how many kids make that their truth, even in the midst of all the other stories being told about the purpose of the season.  Me, Me, Me!!!  It is surely easy for a child to get caught up in that mentality, which is why the message of Love is so important.  “Love was born on Christmas Day”, a wonderful lyric from one of the fun Christmas songs on my home playlist.   And with this we can finally get to the meat of my post, how easy it is to LOVE during this time of year.

Love was born on Christmas day.  The world was turned upside down, as a child entered the world, destined to bring love to all people.  I don’t care what you believe, if you believe in history, you believe that Christ was a man who taught an incredible lesson of love in situations that would seem impossible to demonstrate love.  Yet He did, and through that dedication to love selflessly, He changed the world.  Again, regardless of what you believe, if you trust any historical document, you know this is true.  That Christ truly loved the world.  So then comes the question… is He the Messiah.  To say Love was born on Christmas day, is to generalize that Christ was the most loving being to walk the earth.  I believe it to be true.  If it is, then it is easy to see how the road has been paved for us to fall into that trap this time of year.  To make the effort to drop the stress and the craziness, or at least let it roll off our backs like water, so that we have a space to go out of our way to demonstrate love.

Once upon a time, I was reading an interview in the magazine Rolling Stone.  The Interview was with Bono, the lead singer from the Irish band, U2.  In that article, the interviewer asks an outright question, “Do you believe that Christ is the Messiah”, and Bono’s response is an overwhelming yes.  If there was creation at all, who would I be to stand against the idea that he is the Messiah.   The idea struck me and it strikes me now, that the sharing of love was so great, that it almost becomes natural to give an opportunity to the idea, to give a foothold in the stronghold of our minds that says, “there is a messiah”, because how else would a man, demonstrate this much selflessness.

It then makes it so very clear in my mind, that the purpose of this time for us, the reason why this non-Biblical holiday has grown to be so expansive, is so that we take our turn putting forth an effort to Love.  Man made the holiday without the help of God, man decided to give gifts, and to celebrate Christ, because the calling is to love others the way we have been loved.  Regardless of what you believe, or who you believe in; right now, there is so much opportunity for you and I to take a moment and show Love to somebody else, that in this moment we can change something important.  Something… I use the word something, because with love we can change things that we cannot see, nor will we see ever perhaps.  We can have an impact on those around us, and as the spirit of Love becomes contagious, there is somebody somewhere, whom we will have rescued with our contagious fire of love.

The purpose of Christmas, is to give  love.  The purpose is to demonstrate Love.  I have been battling with the depression that comes after a surgery, where you cannot do what you want or need, there is pain, there is weakness, and their is dependence.   But as we have drawn closer to the day, this has become less and less impactful.  I feel myself becoming more and more inspired.  It truly is an amazing time of year that can help pull us out of anything and into anything.

You might recall the passing of my father in law, two years ago.  We are just days away from the day we lost him.  It makes it difficult to walk through this season with joy.  Yet, we have developed a tradition to travel together the day after Christmas, and to invest in each other during that time.  I can tell you, this year, I am looking forward to it so much, because I can almost feel the amount of love that will be shared.  I want to pray a blessing of love over all of you, in hopes that you will feel the calling to love those around you, more than you have.

Be blessed and Be well!  –  Dr. E

(PS – you should look out for the New Years post, it will be a motivational one to say the least)  :)

Written by Chris Bohm, Chiropractic intern

This past summer American Psychologist, the official journal of the American Psychological Association, released a special issue on the topic of bullying and victimization. In 1997 when Susan Swearer, one of the issue’s two editors, first started studying the problem, she was one of the first researchers in the United States to do so. Back then, only four states had official statutes against bullying behavior. The only existing longitudinal work had come out of Scandinavia in the seventies. However, after Columbine the landscape changed. It was determined that the involved shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, had been victims of bullying themselves. This tragic event prompted a nationwide conversation about bullying. Researchers around the country began studying this work with a seriousness that was lacking in previous research.

It seems that every day I see an increasing amount of stories on my Facebook news feed, twitter timeline, or on the local news that a child or adult has committed suicide because of bullying. I think its time to explore whether and how the Internet has changed the bullying landscape.

In some ways, the research on bullying has affirmed what we already know. Bullying is the result of an unequal power dynamic: the strong attacking the weak. It can happen in different ways: physical violence, verbal abuse in person or online (cyber bullying), the spreading of rumors, humiliation, and exclusion. It is usually prolonged. Most bullies are repeat offenders and are widespread as they target multiple victims. Finally, emerging research reveals that bullying follows us throughout life: workplace and professional bullying are just as common as childhood bullying.

Unfortunately, the internet has opened up this realm providing access to many unidentifiable sources. Before the Internet, bullying ended when you withdrew from the negative physical environment. Now, the bullying dynamic is harder to contain and harder to ignore. Current social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feature open access to your “friends.”  Therefore, if you are harassed on your social media page, all of your social circles know about it. As long as you have access to the network, an endless stream of notifications leaves you vulnerable. The inescapability of “cyber-bullying” leaves both emotional and physical scaring making it that much more damaging not just for children, but also for adults.

I would like to share the story of a 12-year-old girl, Mallory, who has recently taken her own life due to bullying. She is just one of many children on a list of bullied victims. Mallory Grossman had her whole life ahead of her. After months of vicious targeted bullying, the sixth-grader committed suicide. She was involved in gymnastics and cheerleading, loved her friends and family, and even spent time making and selling jewelry to raise money for kids with cancer. Things changed drastically for Mallory in middle school. Cruel bullies targeted her and relentlessly picked on her for months on end. They looked for any and every way to make Mallory feel worthless, taking to all forms of social media to bombard her with their vicious attacks. The cruel messages escalated from name calling to the point of making suggestive comments of: “why don’t you kill yourself?”

Mallory’s Parents went to the school repeatedly to report the intense bullying, but say they received no help. They tried opening the lines of communication to the bullies’ parents, but they just met resistance. Her parents were in the process of exploring private schools as an alternative option for Mallory to escape this toxic environment. The time came where Mallory’s Parents went into school and spent three hours in a meeting with her school over bullying incidents that took place that day. This was also the devastating day that this young sixth-grader committed suicide.

Mallory’s suicide devastated her parents and stunned the community.  This event a spotlight on the seriousness of bullying and cyber-bullying. The family, with feelings of emptiness, are trying to wade through the grief of this unimaginable tragedy. Mallory’s parents are now speaking out to spread awareness in hopes of preventing future cases. Our hearts go out to Mallory’s Family. No one should feel worthless. No one should be made to feel as though death is his or her only escape from relentless bullying. We pray God will bring them peace and we know He will use this tragedy to help others.

The picture that has emerged suggests that the Internet has made bullying both harder to escape and harder to identify. We are immersed in an online world in which consequences often go unseen. Bullying has always been wrong, yet people let others get away with bullying everyday. Bystander’s NEED to stand up. If we don’t stand up it could lead to more heartbreak and pain. Are we as a society going to wait and let the suicide rates increase because of bullying? Is bullying going to be another statistic in this world? I certainly hope not, but thus far, hope has not helped the victims. One day it will.

Student Intern Christopher Bohm

Mallory’s Story:

https://www.godupdates.com/sixth-grader-committed-suicide-bullying-mallory-grossman/?utm_medium=fbpage&utm_source=cross&utm_campaign=cdupdate&fbclid=IwAR1TWJWHgHCACYAgGykDFAHs99m_je515mA7sbFM7MTUyu0J2PhiEg-TfGk

Sources:

Gireesh A, Das S, Viner RM. Impact of health behaviours and deprivation on well-being in a national sample of English young people

BMJ Paediatrics Open 2018;2:e000335. doi: 10.1136/bmjpo-2018-000335

Brosowski, Terry. “Bullying Perpetration and Victimization: A Test of Traditional and Cyber-Behaviors as Latent Constructs.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency,

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