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It’s All A Matter of Degree

Life is a continuum, that’s not news, but the fact that we can move up and down the continuum may be news to some.  For those facing a chronic or life-threatening illness there’s obviously a continuum and you went from one end of the continuum to somewhere beyond the center to the other end of the continuum with your goal of making it back to the other side.  In most cases returning to a state of health comes with some medicine, science, faith, and determination.  Sweat equity on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels is mandated.  How you choose to attain your goal of getting better or well is up to you, so why not give yourself every advantage possible?

Yesterday was a lazy Sunday afternoon and I was watching a movie on the DVR.  I was watching a romantic comedy called “When In Rome” (cute…glad I didn’t have to pay for it).  At one point during the movie the main character is getting married and is having doubts.  She decides to have a talk with her dad about his marriage and life in general.  Then comes the line that’s the focus of our conversation.  He says to her, “Remember what I told you” and she says, “If you’re going to be a bear, be a grizzly.”

It’s important to take the line from the movie and exam it for your current journey to wellness.  Think about a bear for a moment but more importantly, think of a bear in the wild, not in the zoo.  If you need to go watch a show on Animal Planet if you need some coaching on the nature of the bear, but I can tell you they are fierce.  They are a “take no prisoners” kind of animal.  They’re big, and I don’t mean just in size; they have a big persona.  They take up a lot of space and they use that persona to their advantage for their livelihood and survival.

What’s fierce about you?  I’m not talking about become aggressive and overbearing.  I’m talking about a bravado or a courage that rises to the surface from your soul that states to the world your intention for health and healing.  It’s focused on eliminating the victim mentality and placing yourself in a position of control.  My hope for you is that you embrace your inner grizzly bear and let the world and your own body know that you mean business.  You’ve got a stake in making the most of your journey to wellness…your quality of life and your life itself!  Be the best grizzly possible!


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

One thought on “It’s All A Matter of Degree

  1. Greg…This is good…..I have just recently lost a horse that was so brave…when we would meet a bear in the woods, she would stick her “elbows” out and snort protecting all. Bears have such a presents and I have seen black bears that are as large as the smallest grizzly and just as dangerous. Meanwhile, I will go about my day being the best grizzly possible….After I read your posts I have a running dialog with you for the rest of the day…Thanks, and please keep writing.


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