I truly believe things happen for a reason and therefore it should have come as no surprise when a difficult start to a day turned into something very special.
One very stormy morning last spring, I was on route to see a patient at my clinic before heading to do a TV appearance 60km away. Sitting at a light, my eyes locked on a vehicle quickly approaching behind me. And this vehicle wasn’t slowing down because the driver was texting!
The hit could have been worse; the driver did look up at the last minute. I sprung from my car into pummeling rain feeling a mixture of emotions. The young driver was slightly rattled but mostly concerned about getting in trouble. While I was retrieving insurance info from my car, she decided to turn the hit, into a hit and run.
Unable to see her license plate and unwilling to put myself at greater risk with a chase, I was left with the reality that my day had gotten off to one really bad start. Clearly, I had missed the session with my patient, so I headed directly for the TV station.
Anyone who makes TV appearances knows that no matter how upset you might be, it goes on the shelf while you speak to viewers. And after all, I was there to deliver a positive message about health and wellness! But trust me, inside there was a real battle taking place. It was a tug-of-war between anger, frustration, disillusionment – and something else.
That “something else” won. I like to call it the WoW Factor.
Driving home, I knew what I had to do; what I was compelled to do. I turned into the nearest local business, pulled out the massage chair from my trunk that I had used for demonstration in my TV appearance, and entered their lobby ready to share my first “random act of wellness”. Free massage for the next hour was the offer I made to these employees.
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The reception I received was so inspiring; I was motivated to keep things rolling that afternoon. My next stop, one of my favourite stores, Winners, for more free massage and wellness education for customers and employees. That very day, I began to share my experience with social media and my wellness message took off like wild fire throughout the cyber world. This only reaffirmed for me that attitudes truly are contagious!
Driving home that evening, two things became clear. I had chosen to attack the disturbing highlights of my day with a full-on positive approach. And, the Wow Factor couldn’t stop now; it had to be shared.
So, beginning today, prepare to be challenged, treated and inspired as our team starts to hit the community in an attack of wellness flash mobs! The mall, your home or workplace, your neighbourhood; stay tuned as we could show up anywhere! Our comprehensive wellness team of professionals will be joyfully offering free treatments, products and much more. Why? Blame it on the Wow Factor!
Everyone could use an injection of extreme positive action in his or her day. It ignites the Wow Factor, a desire to lead and live inspiring, actively healthy lives. The best part is, when the Wow Factor hits, you won’t want to keep it to yourself! Better yet, take the time to nominate a special someone; an organization or a business that you feel deserves to be WOWED! Surprise a co-worker with a cup of caffeine free medicinal tea; ask a friend if they’d like to join you for daily sunset walks, – you’ll think of something, I guarantee it!
If you’re thinking you’ll forget (but I don’t think you will), thanks to our treasured partnership with Lofttan we’re designing WoW Factor bracelets to remind everyone that a random act of wellness is always welcome anytime, anywhere. For the last 20 years, the small but might team of practitioners at Wallis for Wellness have raised more than $100,000 for community charities. Now with the WoW Bracelet, you can easily become part of the WoW Factor community. A portion of the sale of these bracelets will go into our WOW Fund, which will allow us to continue to spread the WOW Factor and donate money to charities that are near, and dear to our hearts. Wear one yourself, or give one away. The WoW Factor Bracelet is your reminder that you are an inspirational member of providing random acts of wellness.
Having a bad day? It doesn’t have to suck you under. Just take one bold, small move because this is actually your opportunity to set the Wow Factor in motion.
Have you experienced our WOW Factor? How did it change your day? Please feel free to reach out to me – I’d love to hear your story!
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We surprised the shoppers at The Bramalea City Centre on Black Friday!