flock (noun): a number of birds of one kind feeding, resting, or traveling together (google dictionary)
This picture was taken by a dear friend of mine. I have loved it ever since.
The bird has been a symbol of my company since it’s inception in 2014.
My oldest son has taken to origami and makes blue origami birds for those I coach.
My husband helped me choose a business name of SOAR, an acronym for Spine Orthopedic Active Rehab.
The symbol of my business is a bird in hand getting ready to take flight.
The symbol seems rather lonely now having seen the flock above.
Despite the support of my family, there have been lonely times on this health journey and business ownership. Times where I felt personally attacked. Times when the efforts to help were met with resistance. There was even a time my efforts to be generous brought attacks upon my family. I have been tested. My walls went up. I isolated myself more in order to protect those I love and attempt to avoid being hurt again. In essence, I felt like a caged bird out of a necessity to stay safe. This image has struck me as the perfect image on how these challenging times has been.
I thought I was trying to heal so I could fly again but rather I had placed the cage around myself.
The symbolism is striking. I needed to come out of my self-inflicted cage of security to face my fears and be brave again. I needed a flock I could trust to be brave again outside of the cage.
A flock is a group of one kind. Yet what is the "one kind" to which I belong to? I am a mother so it would seem that would be my flock. There are mothers in my flock for sure, but that wasn't it entirely. I am a physical therapist, so maybe that was my flock, but that wasn't it either. As I discovered my flock it was determined by two things:
2) Common goal
We all need a sense of belonging..of connectedness. It's not a closed circle based on age or education level or sex or status but based on something else. We are "one kind" because we choose to be trustworthy and we choose to have a goal of being kind to others and caring for our personal self and our flock.
I love the imagery of this photo. There is room for more. There is room for you. There is room for me. My flock has evolved at times with different members and some consistent ones. Sometimes I don’t know whom is leading whom as I become inspired by those I work with as I learn much from each experience. Each mistake has been a lesson to learn either whom is a part of my flock or whom is on a different path or to learn more about my personal fears.
I know with my flock that I am able to confront my fears being lifted by those I trust. As I fly, so can they fly and we can fly together. We can rest and travel difficult things together. Without a flock, I’d still be in my cage. If I could change the flock photo I would have different color birds and different sizes and shapes. My flock on the outside looks different but is founded on things unseen. If you look for your flock, they are there too.
I don’t trust everyone anymore. That really was a rookie and ignorant mistake. I do, however, trust my flock to help keep me moving in the right direction. My flock has helped me to make the next steps in my business that I hope to share soon.
Let’s flock together and be more together than we can alone.
Remove. Replace. Restore.
Remove fear based cages of security.
Replace with a trusted flock.
Eat Well. Move Well. Sleep Well. Connect Well....Soar on in your flock.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
Where physical therapy, nutrition and lifestyle meet, because how you live your life determines whether or not you soar. Inspiring action with information so you can reduce pain, optimize healing and improve function naturally during recovery from injury, surgery or painful condition. This is a website for the open-minded; obstinate need not apply.