“Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well.”
According to those who keep track of such things, this idea–which is true even today–was expressed long ago by a Latin poet named Marcus Valerius Martial. He was born March 1, 40 and died between 102 and 104 AD.
What do you think Martial was referring to exactly? What does it mean to be “well” or to have “wellness” in your life? It’s a bit of a nebulous idea, is it not? It’s one of those situations where it’s not so easy to describe, but very easy to know when you’ve got it… and when you don’t.
We believe Martial’s use of the all-encompassing “well” runs parallel with our belief in the importance of holistic, comprehensive methods of health care.
We prefer it when a physician takes a complete snapshot of their patient. He/she should ask a broad spectrum of questions and take at least the larger aspects of their patients’ lives into consideration before making a diagnosis.
After all, people are puzzles. If just a single piece is missing or out of place, the whole picture is askew.
People are also unique. What makes one person tick can absolutely sink another, and so on. We can’t help but believe it’s wise to view the art of healing through a wide lens.
Do you agree?