Mind, Body, and Spirit

Last week my son called from school. he had fever and his stomach was aching. My wife picked him up and brought him home. Later that day, he was running a fever of 103 degrees. I was out climbing Enchanted Rock. My wife called and I got home at 10 PM.

View from the top of Enchanted Rock

View from the top of Enchanted Rock

Later that night, around 1 AM, he woke me up. His body was shaking uncontrollably. He said he had no chills, but couldn’t control the shakes. I gave him a hug and I was shaking. We got in the car and headed for the Emergency Room.

 A urine test, several blood tests, a cat scan, an hour of IV drip. Five hours later, we came back with a prescription for pain medication. Diagnosis: we couldn’t find anything. It’s probably a virus, and there is an outside chance that it may be the appendix; can’t tell by the cat scan. If the pain returns, hurry back to ER.

We figured a couple days of rest should take care of the virus. But the fever persisted. It will come and go. So finally we made the trip to the pediatrician. She had all the records faxed over. Glad we don’t have a serious problem. Just rest and you should be okay by tomorrow. Then, oh, just in case, let’s test him for flu. Result was not only positive, it was definitely positive. They took another sample to send it to the county Health Dept. to check for the Swine Flu. She prescribed some medicine, and no, you can not sit for the SAT exam this weekend.

He was still running a fever of 103, when I took my daughter to take the SAT exam yesterday morning. I did some shopping for balloonsafterwards before heading to have fun. (I make balloon animals and other creations to entertain children – and adults – and make a lot of money in the process. It’s a great way to make a living) I was gone all day. I received reports through out the day that he was getting better.

Balloon Swords

Balloon Swords

When I came home around 10 PM, I asked him how he was doing. He said he was fine. The fever was gone and he was in good spirits. He came into my office around 10:30. “Hey, papa! You know all these signs you that have posted and use to remind yourself of your power? Well, I made up one of mine. Wanna hear?”

“Sure what you got?”

“My mind, body, and spirit are the most powerful things in this Universe, and because of this blessed gift, I can overcome anything.”

“Oh, that’s awesome.” I said. I immediately added it to my collection of quotes. He said he had a a few more. (Note to self: Get them from him later, and next time don’t wait to do so).

Now, he didn’t say so, but I know, it was the affirmation and the FEELING of power he got from it, that cured him almost instantaneously. When you are focused, the results are almost instantaneous.

I am so grateful that I was able to impact his of thinking and so very proud of him. I know I will be spending quiet  some time today repeating that affirmation and feeling its power. He is such an inspiration to all.

Do you have a particular affirmation that worked for you particularly well? Share it with everyone in the comments. I know I would like to know about it.

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Are you happy making a living?

I was having a discussion with a friend last night on the topic above. He was not pleased that he had to do the work he did. He likes writing but he wasn’t happy with the fact that he was having to write for a living.

I told him that my philosophy was simple: You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to.

He replied, “Which works if you’re willing to be poor and let others feed you.” I asked him to challenge that belief, to which he said no.

Do you believe that you have to make a living? and if you didn’t you would remain poor?

Here is another question for you. What is a belief?

Belief is an opinion that you have accepted as truth. But do you ever stop and ask yourself if it really is the truth?

I challenge you to do so. Is the statement “We all have to make a living” a truth or an opinion?

Now don’t get me wrong. Sure we need money to live a comfortable life and more money to live a luxurious life and even more to live a life of opulence. I am all for luxury and opulence. But does that mean you have to do something you don’t want to do?

My point is this; don’t just make a living, live a fulfilling life.

People who say they have to make a living would tell you that they have to do that so they can have the things they want in life, but they very seldom have more than bare necessities like paying the mortgage and utilities and putting the food on the table. When you’re focused on making a living, very seldom, if ever will you have time or money to live a life. I know this, because I’ve been there, and I’ve done that.

But, when I decided to stop making a living and start living a life of fulfillment, I started making more money while working less hours and improved my standard of living.

Sure it was a challenge in the beginning to stay focused on the new way of thinking, but today, a little over a year later, I am in a better place and my relations with my wife and children are better than they have been in years.

So what I am saying is this…

If you’re not happy doing what you do, why do it? After all, isn’t happiness the goal?