I am a huge music fan. I first appeared on stage with a band when I was 15. I was hooked. Some of my fraternity brothers and I started a band in college. Though we have played sporadically through the years, we are having a 20th anniversary show next month. My wife and I had our first date at a Marshall Crenshaw concert in 1990. My eldest son caught the same bug; when Sarah was 8½ months pregnant with him we saw Los Lobos. I am convinced that started his appreciation of music. I played the drums in high school, and have fiddled with guitar and bass. I am not a musician by any stretch, but I am a music lover.
One of my all-time favorite album covers is Elvis Presley’s “50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong.” I always found it to be so over the top and quintessentially Elvis—16 identical pictures of Elvis in his gold suit. Brilliant. Whoever planned that album (Colonel Parker?) was saying, “If you don’t like Elvis, YOU’RE the problem.”
We at ABMP passed another milestone this month; ABMP’s membership surpassed the 70,000 mark. To celebrate, I mentioned this new high at our staff meeting and drew a brief, but rousing cheer. We then moved on to new activities and initiatives on our plates. We are humbled by and grateful for the confidence bestowed in us by our members, but view ourselves as continually auditioning to earn your trust and confidence. It feels nice to have achieved a level of success, but I am (and our whole team is) way more excited about what comes next rather than spending precious time patting ourselves on the back. And don’t expect to see any pictures of the ABMP team in gold suits stating 70,000 massage professionals and students can’t be wrong (wait … can you still get those gold suits?).
Can you relate this to your practice? Are you satisfied with where you are or constantly yearning for more? I don’t think there’s one right answer here. Complacency is a curse, but so is being driven to the point of not being grateful for life’s gifts. I try to land in the middle of those two ends of the spectrum—proud and happy, yet eager to embrace the next opportunity.