Its been a while since I blogged…
Last year…. oh, my…. it was a heck of a year. I couldn’t wait for it to be over! It seemed as if everything was lining up against me at all odds including my health physically. Physical health impacts mental health, emotional health, spiritual health and the resilience of each is tied as well into our physical health. Somehow through everything last year, the highs, lows, good, not so good, etc, I kept my wits, sarcasm and such about.
To do this, it took a variety of things though not solely limited to support of incredible faith, family, friends, coworkers, practicing self care of which encompasses many countless things, not settling for the negative predictable outcomes instead doing everything possible to live my life as empowered as possible and to ALWAYS find positive things in each day to be grateful for. Most important out of everything to accomplish this day in and day out, I had to still continue to believe in myself. I learned immediately how my thoughts, feelings, beliefs, attitude intimately impacted each aspect of my health and then in turn impacted my physical health which has been a world of vertigo since January 2021. The severity of it by comparison from onset to present has been a wild ride to say the least. Speaking of dear friends, my neighbor is my lifesaver who does my acupuncture. He is also trained in SER, Somatic Emotional Release. He is very keen on noticing how my physical health is impacted by these other factors and kept me advised of the subtle things regarding it. He still does. Overall, things are so much better now! I notice even more so that all of those things I mentioned a few lines above, they definitely impact it.
2022 comes roaring in. Soon into January, I would loose a bestie. Then the following week…. hold on zity family… one of my closest friends, equivalent to a parent, to ALS. That same week, 3 other dear friends passed away from illness. Side note: there were several more stressors in January all up to this lovely month of June we are now in. Boy does time fly fast when we are having fun…
Can I say S-T-R-E-S-S?!?!?!
Stress, my physical health started to go down in January this year, after it previously crashed right after Christmas 2021, it crashed. Once again, attitude and choice came into play. Again, my neighbor is advising me about my non physical health and how powerful my brain and body are and how they impact each other in absolutely everything.
Recently, the other day, my neighbor related the following story to me. I’d read it many years ago. It was perfect in its timing for me to hear again. It’s about attitude and choice. I had to chuckle at my neighbor. He was again reminding me about what I have practiced for years. Time again to flex and strengthen those non physical muscles. I told him it would be much easier if he could tune up those non physical muscles with his acupuncture needles of which I love so much. He chuckled, reminded me it doesn’t work that way. All of you who know me, you know just how much I absolutely LOVE acupuncture!
This year… it’s definitely been a roller coaster in countless ways. I still have my wits, sarcasm, belief in myself etc etc etc about me. I’ve included the story in my blog. It’s not mine.
“I was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing I noticed was the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, tie, and freshly pressed slacks, the driver jumped out and opened the door for me. Handing me a laminated card, he said, 'I'm Wasu, your driver. While I'm loading your bags, I'd like you to read my mission statement.' Taken aback, I read the card. 'Wasu's Mission Statement: To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest, and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.' This blew me away. Especially when I noticed the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!
As he slid behind the wheel, Wasu said, 'Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.' I said jokingly, 'No, I'd prefer a soft drink.' Wasu smiled and said, 'No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, lassi, water, and orange juice.' Almost stuttering, I said, 'I'll take a lassi since I’ve never had one before.' Handing me my drink, Wasu said, 'If you'd like something to read, I have Good Housekeeping magazine, Reader’s Digest, The Bible, and a Travel + Leisure magazine.'
As we were pulling away, Wasu handed me another laminated card, 'These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you'd like to listen to the radio.' And as if that weren't enough, Wasu told me he had the heater on and asked if the temperature was comfortable. Then he advised me of the best route to my destination for that time of day. He also let me know he'd be happy to chat and tell me about some of the sights or, if I preferred, to leave me with my own thoughts.
'Tell me, Wasu, have you always served customers like this?' Wasu smiled into the rear view mirror. 'No, not always. It's only been in the last 2 years. My first 5 years driving, I spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard about power of choice.' 'Power of choice is that you can be a duck or an eagle. If you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you'll rarely disappoint yourself. Stop complaining! Don't be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd.'
‘That hit me right,' said Wasu. 'It's about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around. The other cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes. I put in a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more.' 'I take it that has paid off for you,' I said. 'It sure has,' Wasu replied. 'My first year as an eagle, I doubled my income. This year, I'll probably quadruple it. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message.' Wasu made a different choice.
I hope we all decide to soar like an eagle and not quack like a duck."