I was watching the movie, Kung Fu Panda the other day. In it, there was an exchange between the Panda and his kung fu master. This was after the Panda had a disastrous first teaching experience. The Panda thought he had to teach the same way his master did. What his master said was, I am not trying to turn you into me, I am trying to turn you into you.
This made me think. How often do we try to be someone else, only to have it not work for us? A lot of personal growth people tell you to follow the exact steps they took to get to where they are. This does not always lead to success, even if you follow all the same structures. The reason is because you are not the same person. You are a unique individual with different gifts, experiences and talents. Trying to be like someone else will only lead to failure.
Instead, what you can do is to learn from what others do and then take and use what works for you. Then, add in your own special uniqueness into the mix.
The world needs less followers and more leaders. The world is waiting for uniqueness and it rewards those who are courageous enough to be different.
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If 10 people touched an infected door handle, why is it that some of them will get sick while others will not? They came into contact with the same bacteria, virus, infection but the responses are different.
It comes down to each individual’s immune system and its ability to detect and get rid of invaders.
Now, most conventional medicine such as antibiotics is geared towards getting rid of the bug and that is an important part of fighting an illness. However, that should not be the only focus. Sometimes, anitbiotics, don’t get rid of all the bugs. What then? Do you get another round? What if you need multiple rounds and your body becomes resistant?
Other considerations for treatment should include treating the terrain.
The terrain is affected by exposure to toxins. This could be from the environment and pollution, from chemicals that our food is exposed to, an accumulation of heavy metals, etc.
The terrain and each cell of our body is made from the foods that we eat. If you are eating a diet full of candy, chips and pop, that is what your cells are created with. There is no one diet that works for everyone. Whether it’s paleo, intermittent fasting, a plant based diet, etc. Try one and see what works for your body. The basis for most healthy diets does not include candy and sugary cakes.
Genetic abnormalities or changes will affect the terrain as well. It is important to note that just because you have a gene for something, it does not mean that the gene will be expressed. The right environment for gene expression needs to be in place for it to turn on.
Remember, health is not only about the presence or absence of illness, our environment plays a vital role.
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I fell a few weeks back and it hurt. I was carrying my baby when I slipped on black ice on the driveway. I was conscious of protecting the baby so I ended up with scraped knees and a very sore neck and shoulder.
There’s nothing like an unexpected event to throw off your day!
As I carried on my way to my car appointment, I thought to myself how did this happen. My first reaction was that the driveway wasn’t salted or shovelled properly. After that passed, I asked myself, why did this really happen to you?
With that question, I had to admit to myself that I had had a difficult week. I had been angry and the energy had not resolved itself yet. I was also in a rush trying to get the kids ready, dealing with a toddler who would rather not wear shoes (who would? haha) and trying to get to a car appointment on time.
The fall was suppose to disrupt my life. It was supposed to hurt. I had been stressed, running around and angry. It was what I needed to calm down and take things slowly, not because I wanted to but the pain left me no choice.
Life will give you clues and when you don’t listen, the clues will get louder and louder until you can no longer ignore them. I should have slowed down and I did not.
I am grateful for the life lesson and I hope I learned what I needed to through the fall.
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When I was driving to work, a light came on to check the tire pressure in my vehicle. I went to a gas station and pulled into the air station. I am embarrassed to say that I had never had to put air in my tires before, but how hard could it be?
I pulled into the station and fumbled for some change. I put my change in and the clock started to countdown the time I had. I ran to the first tire and kicked myself for not removing the valve cap first because it was hard to get off. I got the cap off, put the gauge on and forgot to press the button that lets the air in….so when I measured the tire pressure, I had actually lost air. Sigh, I then pushed the button and filled up the tire. I then thought, perhaps, I should check the other tires….and then my time ran out. I thought to myself, do I add more money in and do this again? I turned on my car and the light was still on but I was running late for work so I left for work.
I didn’t want to go back to check the tires again but something told me to. I went back and this time, I checked and filled all the tires. Just as I finished, a lady approached me and asked me how to fill the tires. I knew that this was the reason why I went back. I was to learn and skill and then to teach it to someone else.
Learn and teach. There are so many valuable lessons from learning things on our own. It is also time consuming as we don’t usually learn from things in one try. We may have to try things many times before we get it right. If we are taught by someone else who already knows, we can cut down on our learning time.
If you teach enough people new things, you will eventually change the world. Each lesson is important. Learn the lesson in life and teach it to another.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.