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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA June 2013
Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 43 Number 2 June 2013 43 This is an editorial about love and passion and as such, it breaks a lot of 'rules', most notable of which is writing in the frst person. I ask you to please accept this indulgence and celebrate with me. After all, it is my 20th consecutive editorial for The Chiropractic Journal of Australia and like many things I count this as a blessing for which I am sincerely appreciative. This alone is one of the absolute joys of being a very small part of a very big profession, notwithstanding the sadness of the traumatic event that allowed this opportunity. In this issue we are proud to present the 5th annual paper to commemorate the former Co-Editor Dr Mary Ann Chance. For younger readers yet to polish their golden nugget of joy within I say never yield on nor deviate from the metaphysical construct of “the big idea”. There is a lot of stress associated with fnding one’s way yet the time will come when you really do smell the roses in the morning and revel in the last rays of sunlight every evening. I have personally lived the pain of commencement, many times, but now I also know what it can lead to. This, my 20th assemblage of 900 words or thereabouts is conceived, gestated and delivered just like each of the other 19. For the seventh or eighth time this quarter I have torn up the simulated page in my iPad and started anew, always with the hope my thoughts will form intelligible words in meaningful sentences. Taken over 5 years this suggests something like 150 bits of editorial, indeed, many were completed yet lacking in soul. However they all lie trashed while just a handful passed onto the editor’s desk where they met new challenges. On refection I feel too many previous offerings have been, mostly of necessity, defensive. I want to change that and use whatever number I have left to bring joy, gentleness and pleasant reward to readers. And because our most memorable footprints are those stepped out with kindness, I want to step more kindly. And yes, I believe I can do this because of what I have learned. I’ve learned there is no pain, discomfort nor need for embarrassment with a colonoscopy. In fact, I reckon I should have a ‘colon card’ to match my ‘coffee card’ at my University library where every 10th one is free. Similarly, I have learned there is no longer any pain, discomfort nor need for effacement with fringe elements of such ilk as the misnamed Friends of Science in Medicine. After all, people like this use only half their brain (the supposed rational half) and one eye (the singular lens of quantitative evidence) when they criticise that which they can not comprehend. It is important to use all of our brains and both of our eyes, especially when we look at ourselves. In place of that certain conceit of isolation that infects many academics I found the deep joy of being a leader of learning with real people who, The Absolute Joy of Chiropractic. as energetic learners let loose their power within to excel as tomorrow’s doctors of chiropractic. At times joy is synonymous with honour and privilege, and in this space there is no longer a need to prove anything, except perhaps I can make a bigger splash than my grandchildren when we hang out around the pool. But then my 8 year old granddaughter, whom I swear is an amphibian, does a mean bomb. In fact, I am blessed to be sitting out in our inspiration- space as I write this, with the cuckoo about to announce midnight being the only sound of the day to linger after a child’s laughter is tucked safely into blanket bay. The absolute joy of chiropractic was writ boldly on the face of a handsome young chiropractor from Melbourne with an even more handsome family when we met by coincidence in the same resort at Jimbaran on New Year's eve. The absolute joy of chiropractic was writ boldly on yet another wonderful chiropractic family as we bumped into each other airside at Narita on our different journeys back to Australia. The same joy is writ boldly on nearly every chiropractor I meet, whether Japanese in Kanazawa or American in Kuala Lumpur. Most of all is it writ in fuorescence throughout the chiropractic community in my adopted home of Mackay and celebrated by all at DG, whether the major annual event or the equally as joyous regional DG-Es. I can’t report that joy stems from C1 on the left or a Category Two sacrum or anything else to do with chiropractic, except to note my new life is due to everything that is chiropractic. I mean, of course, lifestyle, wellbeing, my respectful attitude to myself, the regular care of my spine, and my absolute joy of life, living, learning, people, animals and nature. The disco beat counted in this New Gregorian Year on the beach in Bali, yet the Balinese New Year did not occur until March when Saka 1934 became 1935. I made a resolution in January that represents my selfsh pursuit of something I don’t yet know with the requirement I must generate one good idea a day. My second resolution, made in the sasih Kasa (sanskrit for 'month one', the start of the New Year and close enough in time to Pope Gregory’s March) represents all of the foregoing and is selfess in its embodiment, and that is to really live the absolute joy of chiropractic. And there is no greater pleasure than achieving this with you, as a member of the peak professional body, the CAA. Phillip Ebrall BAppSc(Chiropractic), Grad Cert Tert Learning & Teaching, PhD, FICC, FACC Professor of Chiropractic, Central Queensland University Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine, International Medical University Education Advisor, Tokyo College of Chiropractic Assistant Editor
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