Looking to Our Lifelines

Looking to Our Lifelines

by: Andrew Dykeman, DC

Lifelines. We all use them often in many aspects of our lives. In our personal lives, we use lifelines with our friends and family. Their honesty and love provides us insights we can trust and support we can rely upon.

“There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.”

George Shinn

In our communities, we create lifelines with the people we feel a special kinship through local business organizations, service clubs, and churches. Communities benefit from our care and financial contributions while we receive support and recognition from these local groups.

As professionals, we surround ourselves with trusted colleagues and mentors. We become members of our state and national associations. From questions regarding state laws, insurance and billing issues to professional conduct and federal mandates, we use our lifelines to find the appropriate answers to our questions. The leaders within these organizations are there to support our profession. Are you supporting them with your lifeline in the form of your membership in The Illinois Chiropractic Society?

Without our state and national associations, our profession would slowly erode into nonexistence.

“The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.”


As physicians, our patients often use us as their lifelines. Daily, we treat our patients’ physical symptoms and complaints as well as the emotional issues that are so closely related to their health and healing. While we are the lifelines for so many, it is imperative as healers that we take the time to maintain and nourish the relationships that we have among our many support systems, through our various lifelines. The only way we can continue to be a lifeline for others is if we take the time to balance our own lives. For both patients and physicians, balancing our lives is crucial to optimum health and well being. How well are you addressing the issues of being a lifeline for so many who are often having a hard time maintaining balance in their own lives? Are you using all of your available lifelines?

It is imperative that we do not sever our lifelines in an effort to keep up with the demands of our patients. If we are depleted and alone, we cannot provide the support and guidance crucial to our patient’s speedy recovery. Take the time today to balance your life and use your lifelines.

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