August 31, 2020
It’s Our Time
I was talking with a dear friend, longtime Masters Circle member and master healer Dr. Tom Salmon of Red Bank, NJ, and he made a profound comment to me – he said that after forty years of successful practice, he feels like this is his time, the time he’s been waiting for his whole career.
The patients coming to see him are interested in feeling better, of course, but there is a tone he has noticed in practice and in himself that I hear echoed around the world — patients are available, and we must convince them, to integrate chiropractic care into their lifestyle routines, not just for relief, but to develop an advantage in preserving their health and wellness, and to reduce their risk, not only of viral infection, but of any perilous condition that they can prevent with their good decision-making.
We live in such a turbulent era — we need to pick up on the undercurrents that inform and guide us. With the sad passing of Chadwick Boseman, we are invited to consider what is really important to us. Diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, he nevertheless brought passion and sensitivity to his acting, playing memorable characters whom he indelibly imprinted on us – Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall, central figures in our history who overcame the greatest cultural adversities against all odds to become iconic and legendary. But perhaps his greatest statement was as King T’Challa in Black Panther, whose leadership and courage transformed power into progress, a recurrent theme throughout his movies and his life.
As valiantly as he fought, on screen and in real time, he did ultimately succumb, but not without leaving us with a message of hope and heart – live and give fully, as you don’t know which day might be your last. He squeezed all the juice out of his journey, a portrait of kindness and love, and left a legacy of inspiration for kids everywhere to aspire to, not just being a superhero, but being super.
That’s what I think Dr. Salmon was saying. We can play such a meaningful role for people – we always knew it, but our patients are now primed to understand the depth of what we have to offer, since when they are faced with life-and-death situations and choices, they want the best probability of emerging healthy and happy for a lifetime. It has taken this kind of social, meteorological, financial and microbiological unrest to bring about a conducive environment for those paradigm shifts.
When is it your time? Too often, we wait for signs and indicators to alert us, only to miss the forest for the trees. Your community is most likely suffering – from fear and uncertainty, from loss of family, friends and income, from the drone of counting body bags and reporting on violence that is ever-present on the news. You can lay back and expect it to go away, or you can take action right now – not to make unsubstantiated claims, but rather to stick with the truth we have owned for over a century, that people do better with a healthy brain, spine and nerve system, and no one is more equipped to deliver that kind of health and wellness support than you are. Get your light out from under the basket, and stake your claim in the rebuilding of our society.
Chadwick Boseman knew it was his time, brief as it may have been, and he never let his illness or his impending demise reduce his commitment to leave his mark, exploiting his talent and maximizing his opportunities. A mature chiropractor looks back over four decades of public service, and sees the same writing on the wall – it’s our time. Capitalize on the clues success is leaving you – you can make a significant difference in the lives of those you touch and serve. Take it seriously – not morosely, but rather joyfully – and you will produce the benefit for others that you always intended to provide.
Dennis Perman DC, for The Masters Circle Global
PS As the world awakens, don’t go to sleep – prepare to step up. Work together. Be loving. Do good.