Notes, nature, night

This morning, the boys and I awoke to some amazing notes that Sheri (my wife/their mother) left for us. I am so grateful for her love and the way she expresses it!

I am grateful for the gorgeous landscape this morning. It snowed yesterday and the sun is shining today off the beautiful snow capped peaks!

I am grateful for the time we get to spend as a family in the evening. Payton’s soccer practice was cancelled so we ate together and played SushiGo. It was a great night! 

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Rules of the universe

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!

Soul squeeze

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. 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0XcN12uVHeQ 

Contagious Happiness

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 :)!

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Hugs

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!!hugs