So I had a bad day! The chips are open in the break room and the drug rep just brought frozen yogurt—-I want to eat all of it! Then, I want to go to Taco Bell on the way home and get nachos; topping it off with a candy bar. My salad with garbanzo beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives just doesn’t cut it! I’m sitting here thinking this when it dawned on me—I’m not hungry! I don’t want to eat, I want to cry! I am making a catastrophe out of all the things in my life that I have no control over. I’ve taken one small piece of bad news and turned into the apocalypse within minutes. The downward spiral of thoughts in my head has overwhelmed the senses of my body. There are things in my life and world that are out of my control: they make me anxious and paranoid. I can’t accept these things I cannot change. But, do I have a choice? Not really. I can accept them or abuse my body pretending that I can change things. Ultimately, the only thing I change is myself for the worse if I make that choice. How self-defeating is that? So I’m going to turn on some sad music –CRY– and then take a deep breath and make the most of what I’m grateful for today. Today has been awful, but tomorrow will be better! If Alexander moves to Australia—I’m going with him.
Let’s do this Marines! We are superheros!
Posted on July 9, 2012
in Body, Call to action, Diet, disease, Exercise, Mind, Nutrition, Spirit, Weight Loss, Whole Food
Our good inspirational friend Seth Godin had some rivoting words in his post this am entitled “The Flipping Point.” Dark clouds may hang on us all at times, but we can work it out.
When people say, “The tipping point,” they often misunderstand the concept in Malcolm’s book. They’re actually talking about the flipping point.
The tipping point is the sum total of many individuals buzzing about something. But for an individual to start buzzing, something has to change in that person’s mind. Something flips from boredom or ignorance to excitement or anger.
It starts when the story of a brand or a person or a store or an experience flips in your head and it goes from good to bad, or from ignored to beloved. The flipping point doesn’t represent the sum of public conversations, it’s the outcome of an activated internal conversation.
It’s easy to wish and hope for your project to tip, for it to magically become the hot thing. But that won’t happen if you can’t seduce and entrance an individual and then another.
Before the tipping point, someone has to flip. And then someone else. And then a hundred more someones.
We resist incremental improvement in our offerings and our stories because it just doesn’t seem likely that one good interaction or one tiny alteration can possibly lead to a significant amount of flipping. And we’re right—it won’t. The flipping point (for an individual) is almost always achieved after a consistent series of almost invisible actions that create a brand new whole.
And the reason it’s so difficult? Because you’re operating on faith. You need to invest and apparently overinvest (time and money and effort) until you see the results. And most of your competition (lucky for you) give up long before they reach the point where it pays off.
I think of my home page on AngelaMD.com when I read Seth’s inspiring words. If I hadn’t reached my “Flipping Point” in those dark times last Feburary, I would have remained plagued by boredom and ignorance. It isn’t easy to pull yourself out of depression, but it is opportunity to free your mind of the baggage. Grab on to what is important to you and allow your faith to direct you into a new reality.
As you already know if you are visiting this site, we are dedicated to helping people take ownership of disease by inspiring them to change their diets. We post ideas, links and stories of other’s who have succeeded in changing their lives for the better. This site is my “Field of Dreams.” I started this program because I realized that in the future, I will not be able to treat disease because of the sad state of the economy. In 10-20 years, pharmaceuticals and insurance prices will be too high for most of us to afford. Recent studies predict that by the year 2037, Medicare will be bankrupt and insurance premiums will exceed the average American household income. For that reason, I am encouraging all of us to take an active role in disease prevention before our children and grandchildren require medical intervention that they can’t afford and may not be available. I dedicated my career to helping people, took the Hippocratic Oath, and am sticking to it. How can I help patient’s if I don’t treat the cause of their diseases? We are not victims of genetics, we are victims of a fast paced, capitalistic society that has lost priorities. That is why we are all fat, sick, and nearly dead. We don’t have time to nurture our spirits, families and minds. We are too busy trying to get through each day! I strongly believe that physicians need to take back the healthcare industry. We need to lead the revolution to change in the direction of prevention. I have vowed to more actively help patients get the nutritional education and encouragement that they need to change their lifestyles. Other physicians need to be encouraged to defy the rules and standards and take this leap of faith. Political lobbying, insurance dictators, and pharmaceutical advertisements simply aren’t doing the job of cutting healthcare spending.
We do have options: If Kony can go viral overnight via the internet—SO CAN WE!
Share these messages posted on the site with others. More importantly, try to slow down in life, take care of yourself and most of all —just be yourself. Trust me, as I say in my home page, it’s scary, but people will still love you if you aren’t perfect! Just be real.