There’s nothing quite like watching a family playing outdoors in the summer to make it feel like all is well with the world. And that’s exactly what I felt like when I got the honor to go out and meet with Laura Newland and her kids at the Y here in Lansing not long ago.
My kids are furry. They are wonderful and marvelous and I could talk about them endlessly, like any proud parent. When I met with Laura, marketing director Linda Wilkins, and all the great staff and kids at the Y, I felt like I had similarly been bathed in a shower of love. There’s something about the feel of little fingers clutching your own as you walk down the sidewalk that adds a skip to your step and light to your heart.
This issue our theme is healthy families and Laura’s provided us with a great article about how to instill within your family the elements that not only can bring greater health to your entire family, but also healthy habits in your children from a young age. There’s nothing quite like getting out to wander, to explore, and to play with family during the summer months. As we grow older, often we find that our responsibilities seem to crowd out that family time, which brings me to another of the themes you’ll see present in several of the articles in this issue - invisible barriers.
I’m someone who thinks a lot about things like invisible barriers because I enjoy being a deep thinker. I like to ponder about why things are the way they are - whether they really are that way at all or whether we just think they are. Invisible barriers, things that hold us back from moving forward and doing the things we want to do, are great and perfect topics to ponder.
We all experience limiting beliefs, at least at one time or another in our lives. Who hasn’t said at least once, “I’d be happy if only...” or “I’d love to (fill in your dream) but (fill in your reason you can’t do it)”. Recently on one of my shows I was talking about a policy with myself when I have a moment of limiting beliefs. I call them moments that I should not be allowed unsupervised within my own mind because that kind of thinking is detrimental to my well being and doesn’t serve anything but further limiting thoughts. I like the visual of calling the brain police out to get me back in line and the resulting entertaining thought propels me back to more positive thoughts.
The message? We are enormously powerful as individuals and have the ability to turn anything around. Perhaps you have more brain police moments than you’d like. Or you don’t get enough quality time with your family. Maybe you want to improve another area of your life - you can do it!
We’re in June now, mid-way through the year and a great time to take stock in how the year has been and ample time to change course and re-direct in any area we so choose.
From my time with Laura, Linda, and the kids, I learned another trick that can help bring clarity and joy to your life. Kick off your shoes and head outdoors with your kids (with or without fur) if you need to make changes in your life. Children have a way of cementing you to the present moment. Firmly rooted in the present moment, the path to the future you desires is much easier to see.