Can you do me a favor? If you would, please take a moment, stop and think about every little movement you’ve made in the last three minutes or so that resulted with you here on the ATP blog reading these words. Let’s take that a step further and think about your morning routine, or your favorite weekend activity. Lastly just take a moment to praise God for it. It amazes me how unbelievably cool and complex the human body is and how much has to happen just for my eyes to blink.
I say all this to point out that movement makes the world go around. Quite literally- but its also foundational to our way of life as human beings! For thousands of years folks have studied movement in countless different capacities. Beyond the physical act, movement also means something completely different to each and every one of us.
To one person it could mean relaxation by hopping in the car and going for a drive. For another it can mean Wii Bowling, because the house balls at the local ally seem a little dirty. It can be a hobby, a way of life or can even be taken for granted.
ATP’s meaning for movement is engrained in each and everything we do. Its our culture, which stems from being pivotal to our foundation. So what does movement mean for ATP? Glad you asked. While the below is not a comprehensive list, we’d like to share 4 major components with you.
Development - From the moment a person is born, the milestones of their early months and years normally revolve around movement. Think about it- first is holding their head up, then rolling over, sitting up, crawling, standing, walking, then it’s off to the races! From the very beginning to the very end of our lives, it plays a huge role in our development as people; and we strive to help every step of the way.
Freedom - Each and every one of us has something holding us back from doing some of the things we wish we could. Maybe it’s obesity, age, injury, fear, doubt or laziness- whatever it is, the right movement gives us the ability to break those chains, crush our goals and live free from what held us back before.
Inspiration - We at ATP are blessed to work with people who have been told movement is not an option for them. Bound to limited or no mobility, just the ability of turning their head is life-changing. They embody mental fortitude, grit and perseverance. To conquer such challenges and exude such hope is an absolute inspiration.
Purpose - It’s in our name and an ultimate goal. We all have purpose on this earth through God our creator and praise Him for it. We also live in a fallen world that can put us on the wrong side of hope. Through movement, we can continue to develop, break free of what holds us back, be inspired and inspire and ultimately, regain hope and purpose in our lives.
Of course, movement is not the only way to obtain the above. But with the ability to make such an impact in the lives of others, its our mission to share it with the world! Move with purpose today.