Deferred maintenance is what neglect is called in real estate circles. It happens when we neglect a property by simply putting off taking care of it. Deferred maintenance is the passive choice that was made when we ignored taking any action. Failure to complete minor repairs as needed results in a more rapid deterioration of the property. Before long, the minor repairs have become costly renovations that can quickly overwhelm our personal savings account.
From the time we’re born until the day we die, our physical body is the housing we spend our entire life within. With a house, as with our bodies, it is easy (especially when we are young) to ignore those minor repairs of daily wear & tear. It is also easy to unconsciously fill up the empty spaces with poor decorating choices or hoard useless items that become clutter rather than useable life-enhancing decor.
We often make the same 3 comparable mistakes with our bodies as we do our houses.
1. We ignore the daily wear and tear on our bodies
2. We make poor choices in our lifestyle and foods as we seek quick satisfaction.
3. We become hoarders of our over-cluttered emotional life in the form of too many cheeseburgers & fries.
I cannot tell you how many times in conversations I hear a person say, ” I don’t need a chiropractor, my back is fine except when I bend wrong,” or, “I don’t need to diet because my blood tests are fine ever since I’ve been on the pills the doctor gave me,” or the most often heard and one I am personally familiar with, “It is not my fault, my family has bad genes – everyone has heart disease or cancer.”
I totally get it. We do not want to face the fact that we have made a choice, by our own deferred maintenance and inaction, which has caused us pain. The following quote is one of those truths though that should help us push the pause button and just consider how we may have contributed at least a little to our current state of health. Best of all though, it reminds us how we can now take control. It has to do with the choices we make.
“Genes load the gun. Lifestyle pulls the trigger.” ~ Roslyn Rogers
A house that has suffered from deferred maintenance sells for much less, because the cost to repair is so great. Making proactive choices regarding your physical health right now can save you a lot of future expense – financially & emotionally. Seize the day today, because it can change the world for you in the future. Chiropractic care is not just about your back! Be preemptive! We are here to help you where you are at now, so you can be the best you can be at where you want to be!