Dr. C here. Hope you are having a great fall. We just had our latest VIP day and it was such a blast. It is a real treat to meet with you in person and hear your stories.
Here are a few lessons I’ve learned from these events:
- People are great. After directly interacting with over 100,000 people, the vast majority are kind and are a joy to be around. I’ve only met a handful or so who that would not yet be true for. They are so rare, that it is easy to wish them the best and give them some space.
- Symptoms happen for reasons. If you are not where you want to be, don’t give up, there is some reason for it – a reason that can be fixed.
- Start with the basics. One of the drawbacks of readily available information is that it can be easy to get stuck in the minutia. The best advice that I get from experts is rarely something new, it is normally something I already know but just have not done yet.
- Separate pain from suffering. We usually have both. Think of pain as any direct, physical symptom. A sore knee, thinning hair, fatigue. Think of suffering as the mental anguish over the symptom. Suffering often shapes our experience more than pain. Once we understand the reason behind pain and have a clear sense of what to expect, suffering can fade away.
Here is a secret, I’ve been pretty nervous going into the last couple of VIP days. Going into the event, I know that the attendees have high expectations and it is important for me to exceed them. Each event turned out even better than I hoped but beforehand I was a little freaked out.
I wasn’t as scared this time and I knew it would go well. Now that I’ve done several, I know that I want to make them regular for some time. I’m also thinking about ways to do more with them in 2018. Stay tuned 🙂
To your health,