5 years ago today was one of the most nervous, exciting and proud days of my life. I opened the doors to my clinic and started treating patients. I never could have imagined what a wild ride this would be. But I love it. I loooove being a chiropractor. Here are the top 5 (seems appropriate right?) ways Body of Health has impacted my life for the better.
1. Family Thank you to my wife and kids. I'm so blessed to have you. My family is my power source. Thank you so much to them for sacrificing time, exercising faith and being so forgiving. Thanks to my Mom for being an inspiration and example. You may have seen her library and read about her in the clinic lobby. The picture doesn't do her beauty justice and the books will never match her wisdom. Thanks Dad for believing in me and for being a powerful voice on my personal and business board of directors. (And for being a model patient). Thanks to my in-laws too. I know you must have thought I was crazy to do this but you've always been behind us 100% and that has kept us going! Thanks to Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, Grandparents, etc. I'm blessed to come from a large supportive family.
2. Friends When people ask me what I love most about my job it's that I feel like I'm hanging out with my friends all day long. My patients have become some of my best friends in the world. I know chiropractic has had a powerful effect in your life. I've seen that first hand. But you need to know that you have a powerful effect on me too. You inspire me. I'm excited to come to work each day because of you! Thanks for trusting me with your health and the health of your family.
3. Colleagues Man, I love the people I work with. I have learned that I need to be so selective about the people I surround myself with in my practice. I have gone out of my way to find the best. It is a blessing to work with such great people in the past and the present. I have to give special recognition to Wendie Gum. I've worked with her since day one and we have grown together. I heard recently that success is a team sport and I'm blessed with an awesome team.
4. Community Corvallis is home. It's not just where my house is. It's where I grew up and where I am raising my children. I love this community and many of you have heard me say I'll live here until I die (which hopefully is a long ways off). One of the greatest joys of my career thus far has been my involvement with my community. Thanks to groups like Points for Profit, Girls on the Run, Oregon State Athletics, Osborn Aquatic Center, Linus Pauling Institute's Healthy Kids Program, Wilson Elementary School, Corvallis Little League and others. I know you think I have been serving you but really my life has been blessed by being involved with you.
5. Chiropractic I've been a chiropractic patient my whole life. My mother took me to be adjusted when I was just 3 days old. When I tell people that they ask what was wrong with me that I needed an adjustment at such a young age. There was nothing wrong with me. And that's one of the reasons I love what I do so much. It has taught me that I don't need to wait for something to break before I work on being better. It is a lifestyle that is focused more on vitality than disease. I'm healthier than I've ever been because of it with no signs of slowing down.
If I could add a sixth it would be all of the people who follow us on the Internet via this blog or Facebook or Twitter, etc. It makes me feel good to know I have an impact outside of my little community here. Some of you I may never meet but I appreciate you even if you disagree with me sometimes (why on earth would you do that?!?!). But I guess that's for next year's list!