Sunday, July 27, 2008

Healing Hands, Loving Heart, Faith In God

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to share with you a beautiful gift I was recently surprised with. A long time patient who has become an absolute cherished friend drew something especially for me. I love it so much that I didn't want to keep it to myself. So here it is...

My friend, Lisa Daidone, drew this in charcoal. As you continue to look at it you become increasingly captivated by all the beautiful elements. It is mesmerizing, some would even say spiritual and hypnotic. The more I look at it and reflect on it, the more it speaks to me on different levels. I have always enjoyed different forms of art, but have never been one to sit and observe and then over analyze a piece for all its meaning. This piece is different. Maybe because I know and love Lisa so much or because I am familiar with the subject matter. Or because I know the love Lisa put into the art. I think it's probably all this and more.

Certainly at first glance everyone should notice that there are hands and these hands are giving life enhancing spinal adjustments. The hands are mine though I didn't pose for the picture. The lower left hand shows my wedding ring. The figure could be a man or a woman. Or perhaps it's Jesus? Or perhaps it's representative of every human that is touched is bringing me closer to God (or any other person that helps another human being). Certainly the heart leaps out of the picture representing love, caring and the commonality of all people (the vessel that gives us all life). The heart must be taken care of and any caring of the human frame touches the heart, embraces it and protects it. You may also notice the subtlety of the cross paying homage and respect to my faith.

Although the picture is vertical I invite you to see it from my perspective which is to say that of a chiropractor leaning over a patient who is face down on an adjusting table. If you can imagine laying the picture down on a table and looking at it from above this is what I would see as my hands palpate and treat the patient. So each patient becomes even more important because each has Jesus (God) within him/her. Therefore, my responsibility to that individual (or any chiropractor) is breathtaking, awe inspiring and overwhelming. Anyone caring for another human being would or should think or experience the same thing. But to see this in a piece of art is a great awareness generator and constant reminder.

As I said earlier, the more I look, the more I think, the more I see. I hope you enjoy looking at this piece as much as I do. I've displayed it prominently in the front of my office for all to view. If you have an opportunity please come and look at it. You may get to see some of Lisa's other pieces as I plan to display some for her.

P.S. I'd love to hear your interpretation and insights about my picture. I think it speaks volumes more than Lisa even intended. Let me know...Thanks!

As Always, Yours In Health,

Dr. Rick Barrett

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