Everyone has an agenda. For some people it consists of getting out of bed in the morning after that, well,  ”whatever will be will be”. For some it’s 15 to 20 things to do in the course of the day and a time frame in which to do them. For others it may be an agenda but in order of importance. So what’s the agenda for the chiropractic profession and the different aspects of it. For some of the profession it’s “chiropractic for the world”. But that’s really not an agenda. It’s more like wishful thinking. It’s not that there is anything wrong with wanting that. Many of us want that, although it may not be practical or possible. But even it were, an agenda is needed to make it a reality otherwise it is merely a great idea. It’s like having a GPS in your car but just driving around aimlessly with no destination, or worse yet, having a destination but never programming it into the GPS. It may tell you where you are but not how to get to where you want to be.

Whatever one’s personal opinion of BJ Palmer he was a man with an agenda. He wanted to bring chiropractic to the world by the written word, by radio, television, by every means possible. He wanted to demonstrate and prove the far-reaching benefits of chiropractic. He wanted to train hundreds of thousands of chiropractors. He definitely had a full agenda. Like many of us, he had so many items on his life agenda, that he was not able to accomplish them in a day or in one lifetime. He forgot to keep in mind that one lifetime was all he had. Most of us look at BJ and say “I could never accomplish all that” and consequently we do nothing or we are like the guy who adds only brushing his teeth and eating breakfast to getting out of bed, to his agenda, hardly an adequate/complete agenda for a day or a lifetime. I would love to know how BJ made up his day’s agenda and then accomplished it. One nice thing about getting up in years, (perhaps the only thing), your agenda becomes more focused. Partly because you develop priorities and partly because you begin to realize the limitations of the time and the matter of your life.

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  1. Claude 08/31/2016, 7:08 pm:


    Oh well, you might as well read June 20, 2016!
    You are starting to tell it over and over and over and over again? 😉

    • Joe Strauss 08/31/2016, 9:14 pm:

      Repetition is the best teacher but this is getting ridiculous. I need a vacation, I think.

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