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Friendship with Yourself

No friendship is as crucial to your self-esteem as the friendship you maintain with yourself.

There’s no doubt about it; friendships are an important part of life.  However, all your other friendships combined are not as important as the one you have with yourself.  Now, I say this primarily because every day of your life you send yourself thousands of messages that determine how you evaluate your own worth.

The evaluation you make of your worth is what determines your level of self-esteem.  Of course, the message of love and acceptance we get from our family and friends affects our self-esteem too.  But they don’t send even a tiny fraction of the number of messages as we send to ourselves.  They don’t have the opportunity to affect you.

Besides, if you’re continually sending yourself negative, devaluing appraisals, you’ll drown out the other messages, even if they’re as positive as they could possibly be.  It’s important that you, yourself, become the source of these positive messages.  When this happens, the leverage you’ll have from your “inside” position will make enormous change possible in an incredibly short period of time.

Unfortunately, most people spend much more time focusing on their faults and mistakes than they do on their strengths and successes.  But it’s a skill that can be learned and perfected.  I’ve been teaching people how to do it for more than 30 years.  So think about it.  Maybe it’s a skill you’d like to learn too.

– Lou Tice
The Pacific Institute
Sherwood Chiropractic Centre

Living a Long Life

If you’re interested in living to a ripe old age, I have some information about aging and attitude that may surprise you.

Several studies of people who are older, who have lived far beyond the norm in the United States, indicate that attitude seems to play an important role.  I’m not saying that there is anything like a “longevity personality.”  Living to the ripe old age of 100 seems to happen to selfish, cantankerous people as often as it does to those who are quiet and kind.  But there does seem to be a common thread, and it is a sense of self-sufficiency.

The oldest of our senior citizens all seem to have a strong attachment to freedom and independence.  They tend to dislike and avoid constraints and they value their autonomy highly.  What’s more, most of these old-timers are also people who enjoy life.  They have a high degree of realistic optimism, a definite sense of humor, and they respond to simple pleasures, seeing beauty where others only see ugliness.  They are also extremely adaptable and resilient.  Most of them had been hit hard by the Great Depression, but they recovered to build new futures.  And while many of them cherished childhood memories, all of them preferred living in the present with its many changes.

In a nutshell, these studies found that attitude seemed to outweigh physical characteristics and what these folks thought and felt was more important than what they ate or how long their parents had lived.

So if you want to live a long, happy life, consider keeping track of your attitude as well as counting your calories and cholesterol.

– Lou Tice
The Pacific Institute
Sherwood Chiropractic Centre

Love Life

A man had just taken his annual physical exam and was waiting for the doctor’s initial report.  After a few minutes the doctor came in with his charts in hand and said, “There’s no reason why you can’t live a completely normal life as long as you don’t try to enjoy it.”

One of the great keys to successful living is to ignore the doctor’s recommendation and enjoy life as much as possible.  Living is difficult.  Learn to enjoy it.  Decide to be happy.

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale used to tell about a time when Branch Rickey, former general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Brooklyn Dodgers, was managing the St. Louis Browns baseball team.  The Browns happened to be playing against the Detroit Tigers and the immortal Ty Cobb came to bat with two outs and the bases empty in the last inning of a tie game.  Cobb drew a base on balls.  Once at first, Cobb took a risky lead.  His daring, his pure desire to make the most of the moment, rattled the pitcher.  The pick-off throw was wild and Cobb dashed.  He made a defiant turn at second, forcing another wild throw, slid 10 feet into third and watched as the dazed third baseman muffed the catch.  Cobb sprang to his feet and sped for home.  By sheer adventure and skill he made what amounted to a home run out of a base on balls!

Unfortunately, the Browns lost as a result.  But, Branch was thrilled.  He had the privilege of witnessing Ty Cobb’s irrepressible love of the game, that quality of zest that set him apart from most other players.  Branch commented, “If a player really loves this game, it’ll love him back.”

So it is with all of life.  If we really love life, it will love us back.  If we learn to enjoy it, even when it is difficult, we will live well.  Henry Van Dyke said, “Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look at the stars.”

Be glad.  Enjoy!  Love life…and it will love you back.

Sherwood Chiropractic Centre