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Life can be tough. As Dr Larry Crabb puts it: ”Nothing makes us lose a proper focus more quickly than pain and nothing keeps us from recognizing a wrong focus more than a life that is going well”

 

 

I have made some major mistakes in my life. With those mistakes, however, has come the opportunity to build trial and discipline. Healthy introspection and confession are excellent tools for building the spirit’s endurance. The result is a strengthened character. Focus on your reputation and your character can suffer; Focus on your character and your reputation will flourish. As Coach Wooden put it:  “Reputation is what others think you are, character is who you really are.”

 

Over the next year I am going to exercise a few self-disciplines. My focus is going to be on achieving solitude and simplicity. Through this time I will not be blogging, facebooking, or, to the best of my ability, using technology.

 

 

 

My goal is to become humbled in a spirit of servanthood. I realize this may sound strange. However, we all wear a mask of some whether it includes a social mask, a family mask, a relationship mask, or a professional mask.  Many of our masks are steeped in egocentric thinking and behavior. My goal is to dissolve this false sense of self.  I want to become a better person, a better lover, a better son, and a better man.

 

 

Call it fanaticism, asceticism, or what you like. I call it a second chance and a new perspective at life. It is when our illusions of self are destroyed that true and real hope can take root. Those who know me best understand where I have been, what I have done, and, ultimately, where I am going.

 

For those of you who do not know me on a deeply personal level, I ask you to remember this: We are unique yet we are all the same, same in the fact that we are all fallible. We all go through trials. If you aren’t in one now you are getting out of one.  If you aren’t getting out of one, you may be ready to go through one. That’s life.

 

Finally, whether or not you choose to forgive is up to you.  It is important to remember, however, that bitterness harbors disease. It erodes both physical and mental health. It creates chronic pain and disability. It cripples relationships.  It prevents healing. It is a wound that if not treated becomes a crippling, systemic infection. We all make mistakes and when we do, remember to be supportive. Giving up should not be an option. We must, including myself, dust ourselves off, re evaluate, and hold ourselves to a higher, stronger standard.

See you in a year!

In Health

Dr Anthony

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About doctoranthony
As a spinal rehabilitation specialist with over 7 years clinical experience in the areas of - Spinal Manipulative Therapy, Active & Passive Spinal Rehabilitation, Functional Movement and Orthopedic Assessment, Strength and Conditioning Coaching, Fitness Programming, Business Development, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Consultancy - you can feel safe knowing that I understand the worry and concern surrounding spinal pain. This is why self-efficacy lies at the heart of my practice. For more info: nz.linkedin.com/in/anthonyclose

One Response to Pause

  1. wrenwriter says:

    From the beginning we have been proud of who you are but so proud of the man you are and what is being formed and created in your life. Your future is shining bright! With great pride and love from your family

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