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Who’s at the Controls of Your Life?

HealthInkLogo (1)Fifty years ago this week, an incredible journey successfully concluded on an airport runway in Columbus, Ohio. Jerrie Mock had just completed a 22,800 mile trek in her Cessna 180 Skywagon, affectionately nicknamed Three Eight Charlie. She was the first woman to fly solo around the world. My family and I were at the airport when she landed, along with a few thousand other eager fans, including Mrs. John Glenn, Mrs. Scott Carpenter, the governor and other dignitaries.  It was a big deal for women, aviation, and a testament to the human spirit. The triumph of Mock’s 29 ½ day journey is owed in large part to her courage, determination and know-how along with her methodical preparations. She knew what it took to succeed and for her dream of flying around the world to flourish. “If you want to do it, find out all the issues, study, and if it’s what you really want, if it is, do it,” says Mock in a recent interview with CarolAnn Garratt.  Sounds like good advice for fulfilling life’s goals. She goes on to note, however, “You may have misconceptions about what it is.” That’s a good point.   Read more…

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Reclaim your happiness

HealthInkLogo (1)“If you’re happy and you know it,” begins the childhood favorite.  You would then clap your hands, stomp your feet, and shout “Hurray!” Remember those times? Where has all that joyful enthusiasm gone?

A lot gets the blame for depleting happiness:  responsibilities, aging, job, stress, and more.  Consumerism is often cited as a happiness killer too.  Yet, studies indicate the importance of nurturing it. “Clear and compelling evidence” exists, according to Science Daily, “that – all else being equal – happy people tend to live longer and experience better health than their unhappy peers.”

Happiness is not an acquisition proposition.  It has everything to do with giving. “Happiness consists in being and in doing good; only what God gives, and what we give ourselves and others through His tenure, confers happiness: conscious worth satisfies the hungry heart, and nothing else can,” penned Mary Baker Eddy.  Read more…

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The human mind can’t go it alone

HealthInkLogo (1)Is there anything more helpless-feeling than being stuck in the snow?  Press on the gas all you want, you’re still just spinning your wheels.  Getting free requires a change in strategy.

Can’t the same be said for most of life’s ‘stuck’ moments? They call for a fresh approach.  The insight and impulse delivered by prayer can provide the needed push.

It’s been one of THOSE winters.  In the latest round of snow and biting cold, one neighbor and then another needed my help in freeing their cars from heaps of the white stuff.  Alone and feeling stranded, each was relieved to see me walking down the alley.  Together, we were able to maneuver over the deep potholes created by the solo efforts to get free.

Like winter, life’s challenges can be intimidating.  Health is the biggie, but there are also ruts brought on by aging, depression, addiction and more.  Read more…

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Olympic mindset contributes to feeling youthful

iStock_000017756584Small“What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”  This maxim for life is inscribed on a tin plate that has hung on my office wall for years. It’s a thought-provoking kick-in-the-pants that jolts me out of occasional mental stupors induced by the complaints of aging that try to get the better of me.

The potency of youthfulness is once more center stage at the 22nd Olympic Winter Games.  And while the speed, grace and acrobatics of the world’s top competitors might seem to be out of reach for us ordinary folk, the vivacity of youth on display in Sochi can’t really escape anyone with the right attitude.

The Olympic motto, “Faster, Higher, Stronger” is a high ideal that speaks more to mental acuity than physical prowess. Dr. Doug Gardner of ThinkSport Consulting Services, says, “In reality, sport is 100 percent mental. Our thoughts influence our actions and our actions influence our thoughts.”

Taking it a step further, spiritual explorer, Mary Baker Eddy contends, “Thought is the essence of an act, and the stronger element of action.”  Read more…

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You can do good, feel healthy

HealthInkLogo (1)How far would you go to be a good neighbor?

A regular Joe was driving home to be with his family after a hard day. He came upon a beat-up, broken-down car along the side of the road.   This average guy, whose name was actually Jim, didn’t hesitate to stop and see what help he could give to the stranger standing nearby.

The year was 1929.  Life was difficult.  And it would not get better for a long while.  It was a desperate time when daily life for many revolved around one thing: looking for a way to stay alive.  It was also a time, interesting enough, when generosity abounded.

Love and its qualities of generosity, kindness, and compassion have long marked the best of human nature. The Bible account of the Good Samaritan highlights that impulsion to give generously to help pull a stranger through difficult times.

Scientific investigation on the effects of love in our lives has uncovered some interesting findings. The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, founded at Case Western Reserve University, has been looking into the subject for over a decade.  Part of its mission statement includes answering the question: Does the sincere love of neighbor contribute to the happiness and health of both those who give it and those who receive it? Read more…

Writing about the connections between health, thought, and spirituality