Don’t Be a Carriage Horse.

Carriage rides are popular in downtown St Louis. The horses pulling these carriages wear a blinding apparatus that keeps them focused and blocks surrounding distractions.

People work in a similar fashion. When we’re focused on completing a special task, we’re more productive. Focus and attention can help us achieve our goals.

Unfortunately, focus is a double edged sword – it can create blinders that serve to help us AND hurt us.

Pharmaceutical companies thrive on this fact. They profit off sickness, and bombard us with thousands of advertisements each year. As a result, whenever you’re sick or in pain, there’s one direction they know you’ll turn to: Pills!

I sat next to a pharmaceutical executive while getting our shoes shined at Nordstrom’s last year. I’ll never forget what he said, “We don’t want anyone to have to use our drugs, but people are inherently lazy. Rather than making an effort to lower their cholesterol naturally, they’d rather pop a pill and keep eating Big Macs. No one’s putting a gun to their head; they make their own choices.”

I don’t know if that statement is more slick or sick.

But here’s what I do know… the carriage horse doesn’t have a choice. People, however, do have a choice! You can choose to remove the blinders and take a look around.

If you’re faced with a health crisis, I’m encouraging you to explore all of your options and alternatives.

If you choose to keep the blinders on, I hope you’ll remember this quote from Albert Einstein: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”

I can’t promise you that chiropractic will be the answer to all of your problems, but it has been a viable solution for millions of people. It’s been around for 114 years… Anything that can withstand the test of time for that long is certainly worth consideration.

Don’t be a carriage horse.

One Comment

Slick or sick… I say both. Nice metaphor for this post.

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