"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.
St. Louis was a hotbed of achievement under Pierre Laclede. He became a pioneer of globalization in the fur trade with a “spirit of St. Louis” in his diplomacy with local Indians.
Charles Lindbergh had a single-minded goal to land his plane “Spirit of St. Louis” in France. He then pioneered advancements in health. “If man could take to the skies, Lindbergh mused, why could he not remain on earth forever?”
Canadian Kim Lamarre fell on her first run in the finals for slopestyle skiing (aka ‘ski slopestyle’) at the Sochi Olympics. As she was poised to make her final run, she looked up and said ‘Sarah, let’s do this.’ And, when she landed: ‘Yeah, Sarah, we did it,’ successfully capturing a bronze medal.
’Tis the season for chocolate and other sweets, or so it seems.
There’s a chocolate shop in my community with something yummy for everyone’s sweet tooth. This month finds Chelsea having its sixth annual Chocolate Extravaganza. Then there’s Valentine’s Day (can you say “box of chocolates?”), followed by Paczki Day early next month.
I was racing for a meeting about merging interests of physicians and chaplains when I saw a sign that read: “Mindful Conference this way.” I wondered if the spiritual mindfulness that I practiced was part of that conference's discussion.
“Meditation is as important as lifting weights and being out here on the field for practice,” said Russell Okung. “It’s about quieting your mind and getting into certain states where everything outside of you doesn’t matter in that moment. There are so many things telling you that you can’t do something, but you take those thoughts captive, take power over them and change them.”
In 1936, Albert Einstein received a letter from a sixth-grade girl asking him if he prayed. His answer, although perhaps not as direct as it could have been, provides a compelling if unintentional definition of the word “prayer.”
In order to find the secret to good health, it is important to first identify the source of goodness. Basing health on this source ensures that health is included, as an integral, inseparable part of goodness; and thus good health is established as a matter of course. Practically all religions, and many advanced schools of thought and philosophy acknowledge God, or the divine Being as the source of all goodness. This being the case, it stands to reason that when health is based on God, or Divinity, there must be a beneficial resultant effect. Yet, many people of faith, and those who live good, moral lives, may struggle with health issues.
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.