Part 2 – Life Coaching Continued
By Dr. Mike Brooks
I woke up one morning ready for the day and I called Dave, the manager of a fitness center that I was a part owner of and scheduled a business lunch with him. I had a full day ahead of me with my patients and was looking forward to sitting down with Dave and seeing how the center was doing. As we talked over lunch, he assured me the center was doing very well financially. I was on cloud nine after we left that meeting.
I went back to the clinic and started seeing my afternoon patients. Near the end of my patient schedule, the muscles in my legs and lower back began to ache. I thought that maybe I was coming down with flu. I checked out of the office and started walking across the street to my car.
Then it hit me! It felt like I had been hit over the head with a sledge hammer and had a pounding headache. My vision instantly blurred and my muscles ached even more. I drove home and barely made it to the driveway. Shivering all over, I made my way to the sofa. As I lay there, I wondered what was going on with me. I slowly got up and after almost falling on my face, I walked over to the thermostat to turn the heat on high. After that I crept to the bathroom and lay on the floor by the heating vent.
Six hours later I woke up, stilly laying on the bathroom floor and still hurting all over. I managed to get up and drive to the hospital. When I got to the emergency room I was taken immediately to the patient examination room. They did all kinds of tests and asked lots of questions. Eventually they found out that I had a rare form of food poisoning and was hospitalized for several days. That’s when my downfall started to happen. It’s when I lost my health and believe me, when that’s gone, you know it. I couldn’t work for several weeks, so earning an income was out the door. I couldn’t pay my bills which damaged my good credit rating. My fitness center suffered because I wasn’t able to work with my staff. I felt like giving up – I was at rock bottom. Several weeks later, I woke up with the realization that it was up to me to get out of this mess.
That’s when I heard an inner voice talking to me. “Not so fast Mike! What about me?” I remembered that still small voice, the one that was always there when I needed direction or encouragement along life’s path. It was the voice I needed to hear.
My future looked bleak, and without a game plan for my life, I was going to be forced down a path I had no control over. Keep in mind, my health was at rock bottom, I had lost a great deal of weight, was exhausted all the time, rarely got a good night’s sleep and I couldn’t work because of lingering side effects from the food poisoning. I was depressed and in utter despair.
We will continue next week with part three of “What it means to hit rock bottom.”
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