Honoring Our Differences

It’s easy to become dogmatic about things we love. However, not everything works for everyone and every single person needs to find their own way.  I re-remembered this a couple of times yesterday.   Once was when someone posted about a health concern on a Facebook forum and another friend, who has no medical background to my knowledge, immediately posts some information about what to do, that contradicted what this person’s healthcare provider recommended.  As a knowledgeable person about complementary health, I know what was recommended. My friend has contacted me off the internet about her health concerns and asked questions about the treatment plan.  I was quite put off by the information given from the other friend not only because it was incorrect for the person it was recommended to, it was   irresponsibly posted, as if this was the only way to do something, followed up with a chatty, “Call me and I’ll get you fixed right up.”


I re-remembered it again as I talked to another friend. We had gone through a coaching program together, which I feel was quite invaluable. She’s moved on to work with a different coach in a different program which she is very excited about. It seems to be working for her. I still feel myself tightening up, wanting to defend the first coach as a the preferred choice, although clearly, while the initial program helped me a great deal, it didn’t do as much for her.

I am reminded we each have our path.  This is true for everyone. It is true for our patients, that might need another practitioner or a different modality. It is true for our friends and for ourselves.  As humans, we are each unique with different paths to walk in all areas of our life. Sometimes it becomes hard to step back and not defend one’s own choices when they have worked for you.  Sometimes it’s important to do so.

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

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