Well, more national boards are on the horizon for 'ol Chad .  One last part to take.  One last part to pass and it's over and done with.  So, for the next couple of weeks, expect more random thoughts than well thought-out topics.  I'm actually just going to put this in bullet form today.  I'll do my best to get out a second edition this week to make up for not putting out a "Weekly Well-Being" last week.  Here goes nothing...

 

-The election results are in.  It would be foolish of me to comment one way or the other, but I will suggest that everyone sit back and wait to see what happens.  There are as many folks out there that are terrified of what our new president may do or fail to do as there are people out there that think he'll do wonderful things and bring change to a country certainly in need of a jolt.  Congrats to Barack Obama.  His win was historic.  I'm interested to see what he'll be able to accomplish.  In the meantime, I'll enjoy 2 dollar gas and hope it continues to fall in price (since I'm sure my taxes are about to be raised...Oops!  Sorry, couldn't resist). 

 

-I'm not sure about your area, but here in STL the temperatures have dropped.  I awoke this morning to find my car covered in frost.  As the wintry weather descends upon us, a question I'm frequently asked is what are some natural remedies for the common cold.  Well, the name of the game is avoiding it in the first place.  Be sure to cut back on sugars.  Infections can't live without it.  Get plenty of rest.  This has the potential to be a trying time for your immune system, as the body is already trying to accommodate to the change in climate.  Your immune system does its best work when you are sleeping.  The innate intelligence we've often talked about loves it when your "thinking" brain shuts off, so it isn't a good time to be pulling all-nighters.  Also, fuel your body with productive foods and drinks.  Hot green teas are great for you.  And, of course, getting your nervous system checked for interference is of utmost importance.  Imagine if there was a "cavity and tooth decay" season.  That'd be a good time to head to the dentist.  Well, "cold and flu" season are excellent times to see your chiropractor.  Remember, your immune system is controlled by the nervous system, so we need to make sure that our brain-to-body communication is running free and clear.  In the event that you end up with a cold...remember, you don't "catch" a cold, your body simply reaches the point where it can't fight it off...go to the extremes with the above recommendations.  And if you are really feeling down, take a clove of garlic and cut it into quarters.  Add 2 quarts of water and bring it to a low boil for about a half-hour to an hour (closer to an hour, the better).  Also, buy some acidophilus tablets.  Acidophilus is often added to milk to kill of unwanted bacteria.  Drink the garlic brew, take an acidophilus tablet, and call me in the morning...

 

-If you want to know more about garlic remedies...send me an email...it's pretty interesting stuff...

 

-This last bullet point for today is about overall well-being.  I'll admit that it is difficult to write about.  It concerns relationships, particularly those that you have with a close friend or family member.  It's a slippery slope.  I'll begin with a sports example just to give you a point of reference.  Let's say that your best friend is a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox...and you love the New York Yankees.  There is a fundamental difference between you when it becomes to sports fandom.  You think the Yankees are the best and you can tell people from experience how awesome they are.  You're from New York and you've been to Yankee Stadium.  There's no changing your mind.  Meanwhile, your friend feels the same way about the Red Sox.  You question him because he's never been to Fenway for a live game, though.  He's not from Boston .  Your thought is: what does he really know about the Sox.  It's real to you...and he's just getting excited about something he's never really lived. 

 

One day, you may mind find yourself in a situation like this one, only it might be a little more important than sports.  Our close friends and family members may make or support decisions that really don't make sense to us given what we've personally lived and experienced that they have NOT.  Parents may find this very easy to understand because you spend the time trying to ensure that your kids don't make the same mistakes that you did.  Then, you have to sit back and just hope that it stuck.  Sometimes it does...other times it doesn't, forcing you to sit back and relive it.  The same can be said not just for parents, but for anyone who has to sit back and watch the proverbial train wreck happening right before their eyes.  When put into that situation, it is frustrating.  You feel like standing on the highest roof top and yelling "DON'T!!"  As you stand there, memories of your past experience come flying back into real time.  That feeling in the pit of your stomach that you hadn't felt for years comes back. 

 

To the person who has experienced the train wreck first hand and can only sit back and watch as someone else repeats it all...

 

My advice to you, no matter your age or experience, is to understand that you can only share your experience once...one heartfelt time...and then there's little more you can do.  The other person simply may not understand your viewpoint since they haven't shared your experience.  It's difficult for them to see where you are coming from... 

 

This reminds me of when I was a kid and my step dad told me about the differences in the ways that men and women think.  He told me not to try to understand why men and women think differently.  Instead, just understand that men and women do, in fact, think differently.  The same rule applies to what we've been talking about.  Don't try to understand why people can't just learn from our mistakes, understand that they often, in fact, have to make those same mistakes to truly learn.

 

To the people who insist on making or supporting decisions despite the warning of your friends and family...understand that it is difficult for someone that has lived the situation to simply sit back and smile.  There is a transition period.  Acceptance, in this sense, is not so easy.

 

With each party coming to an understanding, it is easier for all involved to move forward.  GET THAT now and you'll save yourself a lot of strain on a relationship...

 

Thinking good things for all of you,

 

Chad