You are probably more familiar with rehabilitation as it relates to drugs, alcohol or maybe anger issues. The correlation between an alcoholic or drug addict and me is that once you are in rehad you are never really healed – ever. You are always working to remain healthy every day. If you are not familiar, I’ve discussed at length on this blog my battle with weight, sciatic and nerve damaged. Read Recovery here.
I want to talk about “Success” and “Taking Things For Granted”
2013 was success for me but it was not without its setbacks. In January, I suffered yet another sciatic nerve attack and this time the inflammation and irritation traveled to my S-Joint. Here’s a link to the S-Joint. Extremely painful stuff, add extra weight and nerve damage and we are talking unbearable pain. But we all have our crosses to bear, it is what it is. The down time was about 2 months and there were times that I wondered if I would ever walk again. Nerve damage is not like breaking a bone – bones heal and often times are stronger after they are broken – nuh uh, not with nerves, if you aggravate them they will be a problem – forever.
But even with the setback I was able to make it to 2 conferences this year OKHR and TNSHRM13. Had a great time at both and was happy to attend both. Now plenty of folks go to 2 conferences a day, but for me 2 is good and comparing this year to last year and the year prior it’s awesome and progressive. However conferences are different for me than most – I’m not trying to get away from my family or job – I’m not looking to act a fool – I’m accessing myself physically each time. Can I manage the driving; navigate the conference hall and still function? It’s a test. A test to see if I am getting stronger and the answer is yes!
I also launched a 2nd website this year the Résumé Crusade. Dedicated to help demystify the resume game but It has taken me down a rabbit hole to the world of recruiting and social recruiting – which takes me to technology. I’m paying more attention to mobile technology, apps, job boards, recruiting tricks, and resume gadgets. It’s fun. And it’s rewarding. I’m having a really good year. But I’m still rehabbing.
Taking Things for Granted
Now follow me on this, it’s a little involved. If you have ever been hurt or injured it takes time to get better of course, but it also takes time to trust yourself again. It’s kind of like having a major car accident and not being able to drive for a while. That first time back behind the wheel you are nervous and scared. When driving you pay closer attention to the little things, like side-view mirrors and turn signals. You pay more attention to stopping distances and watching your speed.
You go through the same exercise when you have physical limitations. You think about how you once were able to do things without thinking about it but now it’s harder. You remember when you were invincible and now you see that you’re not.
When I see people taking their physical health for granted I get a little pissed off. I wish they would stop doing stupid unhealthy things. For instance in my HR Online World of Friends it’s surprising to me that the healthiest people are in their late 40’s and 50’s. Why are the 30 somethings and early 40 somethings not taking care of themselves? I’m guilty – I got way out of shape and now it’s harder to get it back. I just wished that we would work-out regularly, eat properly and look better in pictures (yeah I said that). HR is supposed to be the gate keepers to health and wellness but we are a pitiful bunch. Again, I’ll be the first to admit I wish I had taken better care of myself. Having lost 100lbs over the last 18 months is awesome but it’s not enough. I’m still rehabbing. Don’t take your health for granted – get out and exercise.
Also don’t take advantage of your job. Do take advantage of your skills, experience, education and abilities – get a new job – earn more money – help more people – take better care of your spouse and kids. Do it.
Over the past almost 3 years with help and support from some great people, I’ve pulled my career out of the sewer and made a pretty good name from myself – some would call it a brand even. I’m proud of my career accomplishments; proud to have lost some pounds and most of all I’m proud that I’ve helped hundreds of people get better jobs. I’m not taking any of that for granted – I am truly blessed and thankful.
You know what’s interesting, rehab also has another meaning; to reestablish a person’s name or good reputation. I will continue to rehab in the next year and I’ll follow up with you in December 2014 but in the meantime, how are you going to challenge yourself in the next 12 months? You’re not perfect! What are you going to do differently? How will use your gifts to HELP others? Are you going to stop taking things for granted?
All these questions will be answered within 365 short days.