Friday, November 16, 2012
Beware of the "Quick Fix"
Tying this into the rehabilitative context should be quite easy to manage...and as the title suggests: beware of anything that claims to be a quick fix. Whether the claim is deliberate or lies within a deeper rhetoric, you (care-seeker or care-provider) should stop to carefully process what you are about to engage in. This statement is quite intuitive and logical...but for some reason when it comes to physical therapy, medicine, or rehabilitation...this logic goes completely out the window. Building wealth takes time...building wisdom takes time...relationships need time to build...but the rehab world is filled with "quick fix merchants" and "quick fix shoppers" who are all crammed into some figurative Mall with the merchants all putting signs in their windows and the shoppers engage in frantic window shopping.
Steering this rant more towards a specific point, I will refer to a recent quote I found which is quite insightful: Adopt the pace of Nature. Her secret is patience. Although this quote could arguably be considered just "fluff", it couldnt be more accurate.
In the adjacent image, there is a tree seemingly "growing through the street". The more important thing to take away is that slow, gradual, and progressive increments show the most potential and therefore yield the best results. Through patient, gradual, and deliberate stimulus, the roots have adapted to the environment and have adapted to the architecture of the sidewalk. Fundamental question..."can this be achieved in a quick fix?"...most defintely not.
The examples of how biological organisms respond and exist are abundant and explicit. The fundamental understanding that remains to be effectively integrated is that the human organism is not immune to this reality...and any attempts to circumvent or bypass are at best ineffective, if not useless.
In defense of all of the quick fix merchants and shoppers...not all "beware" signs signal inevitable dangers. There are indeed some occasions where the Beware of Dog sign is visible, but the dog is nowhere to be seen...allowing you to peacefully slip by. Therefore, this is not an attempt to dismiss the quick-fix...nor is it an attempt to classify the quick fix merchant. Rather to highlight the reality that we exist within certain physical realities...and any attempts to deviate are consistently unproductive and "quick to lose". The idea of "simple" fits well into todays fast-paced world and is likely the most attractive, but the human organism is exponentially more complex...and therefore deserves more intelligent consideration.