This is a good time of year to reflect and count our blessings from the past year. Thanksgiving is in a few weeks, a time for friends and families to share a meal and celebrate the holiday season. We are lucky to live in this great country and to have the opportunities we do. This year I have had the privilege to teach manual therapy courses and travel both around the country and internationally. When you get out of your home environment you can compare other regions of the world to what you have at home. Even if it is going to the next town or across the state, there are differences, both good and bad.
It’s all about your perspective. Our perspective shapes our thoughts and feelings about things. Those of us used to living in the United States take a lot of things for granted based on our perspective and experiences. For instance, it costs about $35 to fill up the gas tank in my car here in Sarasota. When I was traveling in New Zealand this year, it cost $70-$80 to fill my rental that had a smaller gas tank than my car at home! So when we think gas prices are high here in the states, it’s all relative.
I had the great fortune to teach two courses in Canada this year. I am grateful they have such a good educational system for the therapists in Canada. It made teaching advanced work much easier because of the skill sets of the therapists taking my classes. Teaching in the U.S. is different because each state has different standards and educational requirements. Yet, when I was in the Cook Islands, the therapists didn’t even have educational requirements. It’s all about your perspective.
So I can say I am truly grateful and blessed to live in this country and have the opportunity to teach around the world. I love my manual therapy practice in Sarasota, Florida and grateful for the patients who honor me by trusting their healthcare to me. I am also grateful for my wife, family, and friends. These are just a few of the things I am grateful for.
What are you grateful for?