Five simple rules to be happy

By Jim Dubel, D.C.

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, even though he is legally blind, he is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably coifed and a shave perfectly applied, moved to a nursing home today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready. As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, his nurse provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window. “I love it,” he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. “Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just wait.”

“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” he replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.”

“Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged… it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.”

“Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes are open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away. Just for this time in my life. Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories! Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.”

I wish more Chiropractors would understand that wonderful gift we have had bestowed upon us. Not riches as in money, cars, boats and other possessions. But in the understanding of that miracle that occurs each and every time we deliver a Chiropractic adjustment to remove subluxation. A greater gift can not be received! By either, the doctor who delivers the adjustment or the patient who receives the adjustment. It’s all in how you arrange your mind!

May God flow from above down his bounteous strength to help you find in yourself, this understanding….

Happy New Year
All My Love, Loyalty and Friendship
Jim Dubel

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Live simply
2. Free your mind from worries
3. Free your heart from hatred
4. Give more
5. Expect less

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Jim Dubel is the President and founder of New Beginnings. New Beginnings is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and perpetuating philosophically based principled Chiropractic without compromise, innately serving mankind, while enhancing the quality of life today, creating a healthier more perfect world.
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