Impact One, Impact Millions
It’s something that I think of daily: what we do today and the choices we make accumulate, and they not only effect ourselves but have the potential to impact the lives of millions in the future.
When I’m at the office adjusting families it’s easy to see this principal at work. I’m honoured to have such a rewarding occupation to really impact the lives of many people. But I've found it’s easy to forget how big of an impact I can have when I’m at home mothering taking care of two kids.
In my opinion being a parent is the single most important job: you literally shape kids into the future leaders of the world. Think about it: their aspirations, their confidence, positive self talk, how they handle stressful situations, and the love they have for themselves and for others…that all comes from us the parents.
Let’s nurture our future little leaders into the great human beings that they are. I'd like to share one simple thing I do that was inspired from Robin Sharma’s book ‘The Greatness Guide’. Each night as part of our bedtime routine, we say a little mantra to the kids just so that the last thing they hear is inspiring and loving. It’s four sentences: ‘mommy and daddy love you more than you’ll ever know’, ‘we will always be here for you as long as we live’, ‘you can be anything in the world that you want to be’, and ‘whatever you do, you do it well’. Simple, yet profound. My new favourite thing to hear: ‘me do it well’. Melts my heart.
Want to know another thing I love to hear my kids say? ‘My body will heal it’.
Being a health care provider, one of the most important ideas to nurture in my kids is that their body is amazing and that health comes from within. Anytime there is a scrape, or bump or bruise they know: their body will heal it. They already have the big picture painted for them, the foundation, the principal: their body is a self healing, self regulating, intelligent organism. They have confidence in the intelligence of the body, not doubt, and we always show love and trust in the process, not fear.
Raising healthy happy kids is simple… it’s not easy, but it is simple. It's about clearly defining your values and beliefs, and not only preaching but practicing them as well. I am quite certain that in the future my kids won't reach for an Advil at the first sign of a fever, but they will honour that process and take care of their body when they have symptoms, as well as when they don't have symptoms with regular wellness chiropractic care, eating foods that their body was designed to eat, and getting proper movement and rest.
I do realize that soon both of my kids will be in school and it’s quite possible that teachers and friends may not share the same values and beliefs that I have, but the point is that I laid the foundation. And at the end of the day, when issues come up, we’ll learn to talk through them, keep an open mind and make informed decisions.
Most importantly, never forget just how much of an impact on the world you can have by being an awesome parent. You really do have the opportunity to impact millions!
Impact one, impact millions.
…now if I could just get them to stay sitting for one meal that would be a miracle!...
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