Before the holidays I took some time to sit down and reflect about the word integrity (see derivations and definitions above). My interest in the word really came from thinking clearly about what I envisioned for the upcoming year, and for some reason, integrity was the word that came to mind the most. Here's why.. How often, for how many years, have I bargained with my life dreams and goals, putting them on hold or at least the back burner so that I could 'make money' at my day job. After all, the bills have to get paid somehow right? Here's the thing though.. when your day job depletes you, physically causes pain in your body, or the institution you work for requires things that you feel are not 'integrous' with your belief system, your body's tolerance or your health, then you have a problem.
Sure.. I get it.. We all have to do a bit of the daily grind and juggle to help us achieve our dreams. In my case though, I physically had blown out my previously repaired disc in my low back whilst transferring a patient with 2 other nurses. I had done everything right that I could for the situation, yet, it still happened. Sometimes we have to look at the signs from the universe and accept that change is inevitable. So as I move forwards into 2018, I am making sure that each and everything that I am doing feels right for my body, my mind, and putting the care into how I earn a living.
Integrity is something I feel we as a culture need to consider more carefully on both a personal and a global level.. it relates to how we treat the environment, our families, our bodies... so many things. Truly looking forwards to growing Arial Starr from this place in my heart and integrating my physical therapy practices in the same way.