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As we enjoy time with family, we think about the important things…our values.
The highest family values that we subscribe to are honesty, love, purpose, making a difference, family, and health.
I suggest this season you bring substance to the conversations. Instead of talking about celebrities, or greedy politicians, try this:
See what values your family comes up with. Then, we can all keep each other accountable to only feeding our values.
By reading and sharing this blog,
you are taking a step towards a healthier future. That step means you believe in the possibility of greater potential.
Thank you for sharing, caring, and loving what we love most of all…potential.
-The Mix Family

What would happen if….?

Too often, opportunities are lost by not asking ourselves this basic question. Many of us are so use to our current state of affairs, that we see no potential for change or growth. This is the way it has always been, why would I expect it to be any different tomorrow?
It’s called limitations. We all have limitations, however our limitations vary from person to person. Yet, we were all born pretty much the same way. A majority of us had similar opportunities growing up, same basic trials and tribulations. Sure, there are differences in what we ate, who our parents were, and what neighborhood we lived in, however all in all chances are there were no huge stressors to your life that would limit your health potential more than the next guy.
We see the health that exists in some and for some reason we do not think that it can exist within ourselves. As though, this 75 year old 5k runner possesses some sort of extraordinary gene that we were not endowed with from our parents. And maybe the scientific community is a little guilty for making you feel that way.
Here are the facts:
Most people underestimate their potential.
Most people make up excuses for why they can not experience amazing health.
Most people instill these limiting beliefs to their children without knowing it.
Most people have an unbelievable amount of potential for themselves, and an extraordinary amount of potential for their kids health that would change the course of their lives dramatically.
And here is the kicker, most people don’t read this blog. That’s right, they are never told about this health potential that oftentimes just needs to be released. That’s what I do as a chiropractor. That’s what makes my “job” seem more like a calling. Now you know. Chiropractic care releases the huge resources inside of you that are limited in some way at this time.
I leave you with this thought:
What would happen if…? You fill in the blank. What’s the “thing” that you always thought you would do when you were younger? It’s the thing that your adult mind dismissed as a pipe dream. Chances are someone is doing it, why not you?


The story of Paw-Paw

My grandfather, Charlie, or Paw-Paw as I knew him, was an accomplished carpenter. In fact, he was responsible for building many of the bar tops that still operate in New Orleans today. He was a man that knew what his purpose was, and he lived it religiously. Paw-Paw would get so involved in his work, that he even lost a few fingers in his time! Of course that was in the day of less safety equipment, with guards on saws, or even eye protection. One of the things I remember so clearly about my grandfather, was that he couldn’t see clearly at all.
This was for a couple of reasons. For one, my grandfather had an accident as a child when he lost vision in one of his eyes. It was a firearm accident, in which gun powder found it’s way into his left eye. As tragic of a story this is for his left eye, the right eye has a more humorous reason for decreased clarity.
You see, the right eye worked rather well. Charlie did need prescription glasses for a simple case of nearsightedness, however the true cause for his lack of clarity in his right eye, was that he always had sawdust on his glasses. Let me explain…
Not just a little sawdust, it would be obvious to anyone within 20 feet. The sun wouldn’t need to hit the lens just right to see the dust, and grime. No, this layer of dust would require the type of cleaning that would need much more than a shirt-tail to get the job done. To clean his lenses would require moisture to get through the soiled lenses! The phenomenon truly would baffle me, and still does to this day.
Imagine this:
You have one eye that you can use to see, on this one eye, you have to wear glasses. One would think that this last eye would be seen for what it truly was: The last opportunity to be able to see the world in which you live! I’d venture to say that I would pamper this right eye beyond all measure. I would treat that eye like it was the most vulnerable part of my body. And yet, Paw-Paw would literally get into his life’s work of carpentry, thus ignoring this main form of input to the human experience. Paw-Paw would deny his only hope of sight, a clean lens in which to see. His life experience, already dulled by 50%, would decrease even further.

Do you see a comparison to your life?

So many of us experience life with dirty lenses. The lens I am referring to is your nerve system. The truth is that your nerve system can work dirty. In fact, it can get quite a bit done, if it has a little dirt on it. But here is where your life becomes limited. You get acclimated to the dirty lens. Slowly throughout your life, the dirt and dust and grime of your life’s work builds up. Your confused, you never “saw” it coming. Your life was limited, and you didn’t even notice.

Sometimes it takes a different perspective. Sometimes it takes a friend to tell you to clean your lens. Believe me, they can’t see the dust. You will have to wipe it off for them. And when you do, they will be so very thankful, but that’s not why we do it. We clean the lens because it’s the right thing to do. We clean the lens because we care, because we know that only through a clean lens can the body actually work the way it was designed.

It takes work (cont.)

Today I would like to talk about the work it would take to determine where you want to go. This topic can be used for a variety of relationships, subjects or activities, however I am talking about the most important thing in your life….your health.
Last post we talked about being brutally honest with yourself. Taking real tests to determine truly how you are functioning. I am not talking about how you feel, or where you think your health resides. I am talking about real tests, and measurements of health. With that being said, if you have not read my prior post, please do so now.
OK, let’s get started.
When I speak on where you can go, I am describing potential. Potential is one of those words that gives me the chills. The good chills, the ones that make you sit back in your chair and really ponder the possibilities. Possibilities. There is another word that gives me the same feeling. If you don’t have that reaction, then you have not seen enough “miracles”. You see, potential or possibilities only happen if they are conceived first in the mind. It is the thought that changes it all.

So, you’re saying there is a chance.

Man is nothing without their thought. The spark that originates in a part of the body that has never been found, the mind. We assume that the mind resides in the brain, and therefore is able to carry out the transmission of the thought into action via the nervous system. That is where it all starts…in the mind. Then what happens? Work.
If you are one of the many in this world that has given up on the possibilities of a healthier life, you have literally limited your life. If you know someone that is healthier than you, then you know that it is possible. You, nor I, were put on this planet to suffer. Chances are, you are selling yourself short. Yes, there is potential, however it takes work.

A life well lived

How much time I have left in this world is irrelevant. I am more interested in quality as compared to quantity. In the business that I am in, I have seen those that live 85 years, and wish they had only lived 65. I have also seen the polar opposite. I have seen someone live 60 years, however you knew that those 60 years were lived wonderfully, and they had no regrets.
There are those that live their life full out, and those that play at half speed. I choose to play full out, and I extend an offer to you to do so as well. It’s a nice feeling to know that at the end of the day you can reflect on that day with a smile.
To know that you used every second of the day as good as you knew how. To know that your life, no matter how long, was used to it’s full extent. This is a life well lived.

Matthew M Mix, DC