An Excerpt from The Traveler’s Gift

I’ve been reading The Traveler’s Gift lately and there are a few excerpts that I would like to recite to all of you.  They really touched a part of me and I would like to pass them on to all of you!  I highly recommend reading the book, but here goes number one.

“The First Decision for Success – The buck stops here.

From this moment forward, I will accept responsibility for my past.  I understand that the beginning of wisdom is to accept the responsibility for my own problems and that by accepting responsibility for my past, I free myself to move into a bigger, brighter future of my own choosing.

Never again will I blame my parents, my spouse, my boss, or other employees for my present situation.  Neither my education nor lack of one, my genetics, or the circumstantial ebb and flow of everyday life will affect my future in a negative way.  If I allow myself to blame these uncontrollable forces for my lack of success, I will be forever caught in a web of the past.  I will look forward.  I will not let my history control my destiny.

The buck stops here.  I accept responsibility for my past.  I am responsible for my success.

I am where I am am today-mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially-because of decisions I have made.  My decisions have always been governed by my thinking.  Therefore, I am where I am today-mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially- because of how I think.  Today I will begin the process of changing where I am-mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially- by changing the way I think.

My thoughts will be constructive, never destructive.  My mind will live in the solutions of the future.  It will not dwell in the problems of the past.  I will seek the association of those who are working and striving to bring about positive changes in the world.  I will never seek comfort by associating with those who have decided to be comfortable.

When faced with the opportunity to make a decision.  I will make one.  I understand that God did not put in me the ability to always make right decisions.  He did, however, put in me the ability to make a decision and then make it right.  The rise and fall of my emotional tide will not deter me from my course.  When I make a decision, I will stand behind it.  My energy will go into making the decision.  I will waste none on second thoughts.  My life will not be an apology.  It will be a statement.

The buck stops here.  I control my thoughts.  I control my emotions.

In the future when I am tempted to ask the question “Why me?”  I will immediately counter with the answer: “Why not me?”  Challenges are gifts, opportunities to learn.  Problems are the common thread running through the lives of great men and women.  In times of adversity, I will not have a problem to deal with; I will have a choice to make.  My thoughts will be clear.  I will make the right choice.  Adversity is preparation for greatness.  I will accept this preparation.  Why me?  Why not me?  I will be prepared for something great!

I accept responsibility for my past.  I control my thoughts.  I control my emotions.  I am responsible for my success.

The buck stops here.”

Hope this excerpt touches something in you!  It did in me!  Have a great week!


Testimonial Tuesdays – Lupus

Good Tuesday Morning!  I’m going to be adding a new category to be featured on Tuesdays with testimonials from my company.  I feel it’s an obligation of mine to spread this information to as many people as I can, if I can help one, I can help more!

The first testimonial is about lupus, by a good friend of mine Boni Wendel who is a nurse practitioner at Colombia St. Mary’s.

Here’s her story:

“I am a health professional and when I found out that my husband had lupus I studied and researched what would be available to help him. I would use either traditional medicine or nutritional supplements.  He was an avid runner prior to his diagnosis.  This disease had ravaged him to about 150 pounds and sleeping at least 18 hours per day.  His state of health was not acceptable to him and I set out on a journey to get him well.

I attended any and all seminars on auto-immune diseases and from my education knew that these auto-immune diseases are all about inflammation.  The body for some reason sees certain tissues as foreign and sends out anti-bodies against them.  Lupus focuses on the connective tissues which cause weakness of the joints, malaise and a general flu-like feeling.

A friend of mine introduced me to OPC3.  Its properties are anti-inflammatory in nature.  Its action is a tremendous help in the calming the body and allowing it to heal.  Up until then all he could take was prednisone for a flare of his symptoms which actually would make he feel better but hungry and irritable.  The OPC 3 was the ticket.

Western medicine recommends fish oil for inflammation.  The dose has to be quite high 6-9 grams daily.  I researched fish oil and he would have had to take at least 18 capsules a day and the mercury in them would have its own deleterious effects.  I was willing to pay out-of-pocket for prescriptions strength Omega 3 fish oil but it would have cost about $750.00/month to use off label.  Prescription strength is highly filtered and high dose so that he would not have to take as many capsules.

The Market America Omega 3 provides 3 grams (verses 4 grams in prescription strength) with highly filtered fish oil at a fraction of the cost.  We spend about $75.00/month for the Omega 3.  When people say that our Omega 3 fish oil is expensive I chuckle to myself as they know not of what they speak.

My husband has had remarkable success and is back to running and took up biking as well.  What we save on the cost of prescription strength Omega 3 fish oil we now invest in high-tech bicycles!  He is disappointed that his times are not as fast but he feels blessed that is his more himself.  We have also added CoQ10 (recommended for muscle function), multivitamin of course and the activated B complex.

I have him back thanks to the high quality products with their unique delivery system.”

If you have any questions about the products or any questions for Boni, please leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can!  Also, please pass this on to anyone you may know who is dealing with lupus.

Staying Positive in a Negative World

It’s often much easier to be negative than positive these days.  To be happy and successful in your career and life you must stay positive on a daily basis.  Doesn’t it seem when one thing goes wrong, the rest of your day follows the same path?  It’s up to YOU to decide to be positive; no one else is going to do it for you.  So here are some tips to create happiness:

Smile and laugh.  It’s been shown that the simple act of smiling or laughing lowers your heart rate which relaxes the body.  It also reduces stress, improves mood, increases alertness, creativity and memory!  Do whatever it takes to crack a smile or watch something funny on YouTube!  Here’s a cute one:

Surround yourself with positive people.  This is often hard to do in the workplace, but it’s crucial to your happiness!  It’s often said that people are the reflections of their five closest friends in many ways: behaviors, income levels, values and so on.  So be aware of who is influencing you!  And if you can’t change your friends, change your friends!

Express Gratitude.  Another easy way to increase your positivity is to express your gratitude for what you have and are happy for in your life now.  Every morning before your “to-do” list floods your brain, stop, close your eyes, and say thank you for everything you have.  This simple act will fill your head with love, and where love resides, fear and all other negative emotions cannot.

I challenge you to be a force of love in our universe!  Happy thoughts will attract more happy circumstances into your life!