What do you feel like on the days you have doctor appointments?
Do you look forward to your appointments, or do you feel a clenching in your chest?
Do you anticipate being heard and responded to, or being rushed and “processed”?
Will you come out of the appointment a step farther along your healing journey, or is the appointment just another errand?
Debbie Ford was a remarkable spiritual teacher who came back from cocaine and opiate addiction to become a voice of inspiration and hope. Well into her long bout with cancer, Debbie was interviewed by Oprah about God and facing death. Midway through, Debbie said something remarkable:
“If your doctor doesn’t inspire you, find one who does.”
Hmm. Like most of us, I hadn’t considered selecting my doctors for their inspiration quotient. But if I think about it, there are ways in which I want to be inspired by my doctors.
· Is my doctor a good role model for the nutrition, exercise and other lifestyle practices that s/he is asking me to abide by?
· Does my doctor inspire my trust by listening well and responding to my questions and requests?
· Does my doctor encourage me to participate in managing my health, so that each visit is an opportunity to learn and grow?
· Does my doctor recognize that my emotional wellbeing is essential to my overall wellness, and is s/he prepared to help me become healthier at that level?
· Is my doctor someone I can talk to about my deepest concerns and count on to present all my options?
· Does my doctor recognize that my quality of life is at least as important as my longevity, and treat me accordingly?
I don’t think it’s too much to ask that a doctor strive to inspire. In fact, I think inspiration may just be at the heart of the healing process. My mission has always been to help you see yourself healthier and happier, and empower you to become that healthier, happier you from wherever you are now. Healthy and happy, because wellness is incomplete when the joy isn’t there, and because joy is attainable and beneficial no matter what state of physical wellness you’re in.
Is that a vision you can buy into?