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It's a ruff ruff world out there right now

It's an ill-dog eat ill-dog world out there these days.

Seems like everyone - kids, babies, mums, dads - are coughing, feverish, miserable with some lurgy.

Everyone's fighting something.

And it seems like the lurgies are winning.

On my blog I've written a few posts about fevers and symptoms, and what most people do when that happens. 

See here and here.

Most people who I adjust know that my recommendation when the body is 'expressing health' (AKA 'being sick' to most people) is to:

  1. Get checked and adjusted as much as possible.
  2. Sleep.
  3. Stay Hydrated.
  4. Some good old-fashion TLC (everyone wants their mama when they are not feeling well).

One of my former chiropractic uni classmates and now a very successful and well-known chiropractor who practices in the States, Dr Don Clum, posted this excellent essay on children, fevers, and drugs. 

My blog posts were talking about the same thing.

But this time, I'm bowing and applauding to him.

His post is educational, thought-provoking, and to-the-point informative.

Check it out.

Enjoy!

Now, come in and get your adjustments!

See you soon.

— Dr MaryAnne

Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken

Last weekend I was at a seminar.

It was all about learning how to effectively present chiropractic.

Public speaking.

Jerry Seinfeld said that he heard about a study that said that speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person.

Number Two was death.

Which means that for the average person if you have to be at a funeral, you'd rather be in the casket than the one delivering the eulogy.

HA! I love how Jerry Seinfeld thinks.

(Did you know that he has regular chiropractic care?)

Anyway, this specific seminar was one that I've wanted to attend for a while. 

It's THAT GOOD.

One of my biggest challenges in what I do is HOW do I tell people about chiropractic without either scaring people, or make them think I'm a nutter?

It's something I've been facing since I knew I wanted to be a chiropractor.

For me, what feels like nearly all my life, chiropractic has been who I am, an intricate part of my identity, and a core passion of mine.

So, objectively, it's always been hazy to be able to share why and how chiropractic is so beneficial and essential to supporting and enhancing health.

Now, after attending and participating in this seminar, I've been shown some great tools and skills to work on in order to present what I want people to hear.

Because one of my missions is to help transform the lives of people through better health.

It starts somewhere, and once I start, then it's one step at a time.

At one point in the seminar, the speaker showed us a clip from "The Fight Club". 

If you Google The Fight Club, there are so many discussions about its philosophy of life, from every corner of the mind.

(So many theories out there!)

Personally for me, the message from it gives me more clarity on what my purpose is.

What my mission is.

And why I do what I do.

There are many great (and kooky) quotes from that movie, and the speaker at the seminar presented that Fight Club scene at the perfect time.

It wrapped the whole point of the seminar all together.

Stay on your path. Don't lose your purpose. 

The way I see it, life is like walking on a tight rope with metal balls being swung at you to push you off.

And some of the balls are actually these small petty little ones.

Guess what?

Most of us let those little measly balls throw us off our path.

They are called EXCUSES.

And the big heavy metal balls are just big excuses.

Big excuses are our STORIES that we cling onto for life.

But we allow those excuses and stories to keep us off our game, out of control, and unfocused. 

The Tight Rope called Life.

Well, I've honed my tight rope skills, and by no means am I perfect balancer, or that I'm able to never slip off.

The difference is that I get right back on it.

Focused, determined, passionate.

So, recognise your excuses and stories.

You can let yourself fall off that rope. 

No big whoop.

But then quit your bitchin', stop feeling sorry for yourself, and get back on it!

Chiropractic adjustments might help you achieve that too!

See you soon!


With passion - Dr MaryAnne

Roses

Do you ever stop to smell the roses once in a while?

 

Do it. More often.

We were dog-sitting last weekend, and on sunny Sunday morning I took him out for a nice quiet walk (without the kids).

I needed a break from the circus in my house.

At the neighborhood park down the street, I met a friendly woman who also happened to be a fellow New Yorker.

So, as you can imagine, we got to talking and it felt good to connect to her.

It seemed like she needed the conversation.

I'll confess: at first, when I noticed her walking up to me (we were the only two people that early morning in the park), I thought,

“Oh shit. Here goes. I have to be nice.”

But then I immediately realised how much of a bitch I was being inside and I chose to instantly take off those 'bitch specs' and gave her my full open and undivided attention.

I just cleared my ears, cleared my mind, relaxed my face, and started to listen to her.

I'm usually the one doing the talking (because I'm an extrovert and I like to be the life of the party), but this time I just let myself take it all in.

The green plush grass, the warm sun, that light breeze, and this very interesting 65+ year old woman. She had a lot to say about life. And I think she really loved the happenstance that I was also a fellow New Yorker. Even from the same neighbourhood!

She seemed like she lived a lonely life and just needed some company for a few minutes. And we ended up chatting for about thirty minutes.

What did I get out of this?

Well, as cheesy as it sounds, it's the simple things in life that make a difference for me. 

People say, "Don't sweat the small things in life." 

Yet, it's the simple things that can lift us up and open our eyes and our hearts.

And that's how children live. Every day. They live through their days moment to moment. Event to event. From one hug, one smile, one laugh to the next. 

After that chance encounter with this former fellow New Yorker, I felt so much gratitude and appreciation for bumping into her. I felt so much more aware of who I am, why I choose the things I choose, and how I want to move forward in my life. 

That clarity gave me a burst of energy and happiness. What drug does that for you? Hmmmmm, not one.

Living life in the moment, allowing yourself to have your heart, eyes, and mind open - that's all within your natural abilities. 

Tap into that inner child of yours. 

Practice it.

Treat yourself.

Smell the coffee.

Or the roses.

Let the inner bitch be there when you need it to, but then also be willing to let her go.

Oh, and guess what? Yup.