You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!
It’s that time of year again! Snow is starting to fall (or at least cold rain if you live in Nashville), houses are decorated, and “A Christmas Story” is all over the television. Life is good! I have to admit, this is one of my all-time favorite movies, and one that I can (and do) watch over and over. As a child I was even given my own Red Ryder BB Gun! What great memories. And, I’m happy to report, I didn’t shoot my eye out.
This movie did recently get me thinking, however. I think it’s interesting that everyone surrounding little Ralphie never instructed him what to DO but instead focused on what NOT to do. Instead of teaching him how to aim and fire correctly, all everyone could think about is what could go wrong with him and his BB gun. The echos of, “You’ll shoot your eye out! You’ll shoot your eye out!” continually haunted poor little Ralphie. The adults were approaching Ralphie and his BB gun with a fear-based mindset.
I can’t help but think that in this day and age of uncertainty and fear, life is imitating art. Everyday in the news we hear that the sky is falling. And, daily many of you are being told that your body isn’t enough. Think about it: Just like Ralphie, aren’t you told what NOT to do rather than what TO do? Don’t run, don’t golf, and don’t garden. Something bad will surely happen! You’ll shoot your eye out! And, if that happens, you’ll NEVER be healthy again!
It made me chuckle a little bit, because we at Egoscue are coming at it from a completely different point of view. Rather than scaring the living daylights out of you that you might lose an eye, why not show you how to shoot properly? Instead of taking away running, why not teach your body (muscles and bones) how to run properly? Or, for that matter, golf properly…garden properly…etc. And, rather than tell you that you’re “weak” (how many of you have heard that?) LET’S REMIND YOUR BODY HOW STRONG, IN FACT, IT ACTUALLY IS.
For example: That fallen arch of yours? Rather than brace it with expensive orthotics, why not remind the muscles of the arch that they are designed to withstand 10-12 times the body weight, at impact, when walking and running. That means that for a 200 pound person, your arch is literally designed to withstand a TON of weight at impact when you go for a jog. The arch is an engineering marvel! And you want to artificially create that with a little bit of plastic? I don’t think so!
So, this holiday season, rest assured that LIFE IS GOOD, YOUR BODY IS GOOD, AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE IN FEAR.
You aren’t broken… YOU’RE THE SOLUTION!
You aren’t weak… YOU’RE STRONG!
And, if you take the proper steps, and do what you need to do, you won’t shoot your eye out!
If you’re wanting to DO more, take a moment and download our Four Free E-cises to reteach and retrain your body, and eliminate the fear that you have been facing!