Getting One's House In Order
Spring Cleaning: Getting One's House in Order
Media, screens, popular opinion, the news... it's good to remember:
"People who don’t have their own houses in order
Should be very careful before they start going out
To try to reorganize the world." ~ Jordan Peterson
AND... when starting to change the world, it's best to start with oneself.
"The Sovereignty over oneself is called Liberty." ~ Albert Pike
"The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile." ~ Plato
These are important considerations, indeed!
When a thing hurts your eyes, stop looking at it.
When it hurts your ears, stop listening.
When it hurts your heart, stop justifying it.
Walk away, breathe, and find joy.
We Are Living In A Special Time
We are living in a special time.
Not necessarily one we would have chosen.
Yet, special, nonetheless.
We are privileged to be here now.
We are part of this moment
And each of has a job to do,
Working toward the best time we can imagine.
You are a light-worker.
Each of us are.
You are ever so close.
Stay the course.
Ride the golden light
Connecting to every soul in you meet.
In courage, in love, and in this time.
It's a funny thing...
You know, it’s a funny thing…
When your kindness extends to others
Loves, friends, and strangers
When you treat each with extra-special awareness,
The most amazing things begin to happen.
People in your life - totally different people,
And of course the ones you know,
Treat you the same - extra special.
It always happens.
(Kind of like investing
-only with a sure return!)
Think about how much time you spend thinking about…
- What happened in the past - today, yesterday, many moons ago;
- What MIGHT happen in the future;
- The things you cannot control.
-Keeping your thoughts COMING BACK to this moment.
-Who and how you can love.
-What you can control.
...And watch how everything changes!!
Those thoughts make us happy. Period.
Which makes life better.
Before Technology Took Over
Running through the sprinkles of rain.
Chasing down the ice cream truck.
Riding bikes with friends around the neighborhood.
Swinging so high the poles lifted out of the ground.
Catching fireflies. And tadpoles.
No internet. No cell phones.
No social media.
We headed home when the streetlights came on.
Those summers of our childhoods…
How lucky we are to have grown up
Before technology took over the world.
Let’s get our children back to the beguilement of existence.
When you see something beautiful in someone,
It may take a second to say,
But for them, it could last a lifetime.
And you’ll walk away feeling SO happy!!!
So, the Study is Out!
So the study is out…
Anti-depressants do not do what we have been told
For years and years.*
But - an escape of laughter is a tonic for mind AND body.
So is an hour vacay, a walk in the park,
A cuppa with a good friend.
The joy, the lightness that follows
- Is the best antidote for worries and depression.
It is SO Comfortable
It is SO comfortable…
To believe what we have learned to believe.
To think the way we have learned to think.
To be with folk that think and believe as we do.
Yet, stepping out of that comfort…
Opening up to totally new thoughts
Can be really uncomfortable,
Until, you find you have grown.
Until you find you are open
Until you scoot along the path
Of Constant and Never-Ending-Improvement.
There's Something in YOU
There’s something in you
… that the world needs.
You are here for a reason…
And that reason is to transform the world
One other folk at a time.
Never doubt how much you are needed.
2023: Your Courage Needed
Happy New Year!
Medicine is changing at the speed of light. Politics, dogma, “trust the science” and big money are tearing each aspect of medical practice apart worldwide. It is time that we care for our patients and our beloved profession, using the highest ethics and LOVE for all people. We must take the lead.
Here is essential reading to start your new year off. I cannot recommend it more highly! The book is The Next Wave is Brave.
“My mentors and teachers failed to impart to me in medical school, the terms and conditions that prioritize courage [in the practice of medicine.]. Alas, in the medical profession, there are many heroes, but courage is optional.”
“I’m sad to say that [courage] is really, very rare.”
— Peter McCullough, MD in The Next Wave is Brave.
In love, I ask you to join me. Together, our courage can buoy our world!
Dr Chris Baker
America's most-trusted teacher of orthodontic continuing education, Dr. Chris Baker has practiced and taught for more than 30 years, and is a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools. She is a pediatric dentist, author, blogger, dental practice consultant, and mentor. Dr. Chris is also Past President and Senior Instructor of the American Orthodontic Society. She is based in Texas, USA, but lectures around the world.
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