By: Dr. Jonathan Tait
On a steamy, summer night in Philadelphia 242 years ago there was a meeting convened where Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words:
“Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”
This was the launching point for what would eventually become the Declaration of Independence penned by Thomas Jefferson. It was signed into being by the appointed representatives of 9 of the 13 colonies at that time. (Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted no, Delaware was undecided, and New York abstained from the vote)
What they were declaring to England’s King George was:
- That they would no longer be told what to do and how to do it.
- They would no longer be forced to live in fear of ongoing conflict and control by a dictatorship far removed from understanding the challenges in the lives of the citizens of the soon to be United States (Hmm, sounds like our corporate “healthcare” system run by insurance companies and Big Pharma fat-cats!)
They chose to take control of their own, and what would become our, destiny. They chose to take care of themselves and the one’s they loved by saying they have had enough – whatever the cost.
On July 4th, 1776, they declared Independence as a developing nation, and we commemorate that today.
With that Declaration you were given the greatest imaginable gift – freedom.
With that Declaration, brave men and women of our military have voluntarily and valiantly defended your country from dictators and tyrants, and maintained that freedom for the last 242 years.
Do not take that for granted.
Do not live a life of regret, or what could have been.
Do not have nothing to show for having been given the opportunity to choose your own path.
What is your (health) destiny?
What do you aspire to do?
Who do you want to be?
It is common for people to reach a point in their lives when they decide, either subconsciously or consciously, that they are comfortable, that they have “made it”, and that they are not going to push any harder or farther.
Those who push beyond that “mental barrier” find the magic.
Those that do the work are rewarded.
Those who do, then be, will have everything they can imagine…and then some.
It is there if for the taking if you shape your thoughts and actions each day towards achieving what you have in your mind’s eye.
That is a choice you can make. A conscious decision each day to shape your life to your full potential, especially when it comes to your health.
Or you can leave the choices to a far-removed healthcare executive with little understanding of what it means to truly deliver health.
If you have grown tired of what they keep shoveling your way – burying you (the person who pays into their system and pays their salary) in bureaucracy, creating barriers to access the healthcare you want, building more headaches rather than solutions – then you have the freedom to choose a different path.
Your destiny in life is not be average.
Your destiny in life is not to suffer in pain.
Your destiny in life is not to have your health compromise what you will make of the only life you have to live.
We believe patients can create and control their own health journey, and that they can and should get better with treatment.
In a word, healthcare should be freeing.
It should be designed to give every patient the tools to live a life free of pain and sub-optimal health.
So today I ask that you spend time with your family and friends, reflect on your freedom, thank our brave service women and men, and pen your own personal Declaration of Health Independence.
Be. Do. Have.
Have a great 4th of July!
Celebrate your freedom.