Imagine how your life would be if you stopped learning in grade school. What if you stopped learning in high school? Or college? Or at your very first job out of school? If you look back over your life, you probably realize that it has been full of life lessons. The times where we fell flat on our face but got up, brushed ourselves off and knew we would never make the same mistake again. A fundamental truth to life is that we live to learn. It never stops and that is good.
The milestones in life give us another opportunity to learn – getting married, having children, retiring, moving. Even when get sick or injured we learn once again. Preconceived ideas or beliefs, based on our life experiences, can limit our learning. We may unknowingly have on blinders that try to prevent us from learning a better or new way to do something. Take, for example, chiropractic care. Do we know that pain caused by an injury, such as with a fall, a car accident, or sports, can be successfully treated by a Chiropractor? Most of us probably do not. Most of us would take medication to address the pain versus addressing the source of the pain as a Chiropractor would. Most of us would assume that because there wasn’t an injury in the car accident that all is okay. Most of us would assume that playing sports means “no pain, no gain” – it’s just part of the territory. This viewpoint couldn’t be further from the truth.
The truth as we know it can be limited to what we actually know. In other words, if we stopped going to school in the 5th grade, our knowledge would be limited to that of a 5th grader. For the rest of our life we would be at a significant disadvantage to others who continued on with their education. We can use this same analogy with our health. We can severely limit our ability to maintain good health if we rely on what we learn from the media or commercials or pop culture. Rather, we should always be on a quest to learn more. Learning more can have a tremendous impact on the quality of our life. By living to learn, we take control of our destiny because we search for the truth versus making assumptions. We also come to realize that the many things we put no value in actually do. You see, depending on who is delivering the message, whether it’s on t.v. or an advertisement in a magazine, the truth is skewed in the favor of the company because they are selling a product. That’s not to say the product being advertised is of value, it simply means that there is a purpose to that ad – revenue. The truth is validated when YOU do your own homework. When YOU live to learn as much as you can about obtaining optimal health. Imagine the possibilities.