I am so grateful for some of the unwrites “laws” of life. One enormous one is that you cannot out-give the universe. When we give joy, we receive joy. When we lift others up, we are lifted up. When we help others, our own burdens are decreased. These aren’t “mystical”, they are 100% reality. I am grateful that when I practice kindness, compassion, love, and gratitude all of these flow back into my life over and over again!
This weekend, I had a seminar in Kansas City and listened to some amazing speakers. They reminded me of who I am and who I can become. I am so grateful for the “squeezes” of the soul that propel me to wake up, to love, to serve, to care more fully. I am grateful for my life, and the amazing people in it that lead me from motivation to inspiration and ultimately to transformation.
I love this time of year! It’s a bit crisp in the morning (hoodie and shorts weather), warms up later in the day and cools off in the evening. Every night this week we’ve been taking a walk with the dog. It is a calm, cool, beautiful part of the day and offers a chance for Sheri and i to connect, discuss our day, our goals, vacations we are planning for, and just enjoy each other’s company.
I am reading a great book “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World.” It chronicles a long meeting between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and The Dalai Lama. It is just an awesome book that reminds us joy is up to us and the world needs our joy. One thing I read today really struck me “Everybody wants a happy life-and our individual happy life depends on a happy humanity.” That is one thing the Dalai Lama said.
Now, sometimes this isn’t totally true, because we need to choose to bring joy with us. However, when we choose to bring joy, and serve joy to those we interact with on a daily basis, that joy spreads (studies show how a simple smile is contagious and causes those whom you smile at to smile, and therefore their body secretes the “happy” hormones, stress is reduced, blood pressure normalizes a bit, etc).
So when we choose to be joyful, (joyful doesn’t mean you have to bounce around the room singing the sound of music, it is more like the warmth in your soul that you are grateful to be alive, for your breath and the knowing everything is in essence ok in this moment) we choose to help humanity become happier.
When humanity is happier, we are happier… and the awesome cycle goes on and on.
So… I am thankful for JOY today :)!
I woke up this morning to another BEAUTIFUL Colorado morning. As I was sitting, sipping my coffee I had a couple thoughts. “I am so thankful for the fact I can sit here, grab my coffee, sip and enjoy without truly ‘thinking’ about it.” That led to a whole rabbit hole of gratitude!
I am thankful for the air I breathe and the fact that my trachea and lungs know exactly what to do with it.
I am thankful for my heart that pumps life through me without me “asking” it to.
I am thankful for my eyes that take in information and beauty.
I am thankful for my tongue that allows me to taste such amazing things.
I am thankful for my legs, I can walk to work on such an amazing day.
I am thankful for my immune system, building a line of defense, working every minute of every day to keep me healthy.
I am thankful for my hands that allow me to do such awesome work as a Chiropractor, and they allow me to write, type, and hug my loved ones.
I am thankful for all the amazing people in my life that fill my life with love, laughter and connection.
I am thankful for SOOOOOO much more, and if you take a minute to dive into your own rabbit hole of gratitude, you will be amazed at the quadzillion (yep its a real number….maybe) things that you have to be thankful for as well!
Dr. Joel Lindeman
P.S. I am also INCREDIBLY thankful that my son, Payton is home, healing again after a scary bout this weekend. He had to have his appendix removed. I am thankful for the amazing Doctors, nurses and staff who helped him when his body needed some assistance. I am thankful now that his body is healing on its own and he will return to being an amazingly vital young man in just a few days!
This week, I have had quite a few patients hug me. A couple of patients came in, not even to get treated, but just to give myself and my awesome staff hugs. I am so grateful for what I get to do, and the fact that our patient’s lives change so much through Chiropractic that they just want to hug us to show their appreciation… that’s pretty dang AMAZING!!
This week I had a bit of a setback health-wise, had some sinus congestion that really lowered my energy level.
I am grateful for feeling better!
I am grateful for Yogi Throat Soother Tea!
I am grateful for episodes that force me to slow down, recoup energy so I can come back 100%!
I am grateful for chiropractic and acupuncture which helped me get through easier 🙂