My search for peace of mind and a happy life…

by Doc Foxx

Writing has always been the way I’ve handled the inevitable bumps in the road, the highs and lows, the heart-rending losses and the shining moments of joy, the dots of color that go into the ultimate picture that you can only see when you step back, like a Georges Seurat painting named “my life.”

The good news is I’m still finding the dots and connecting some of them. Come along and find a few of your own…

It’s axiomatic, for example, that how you look on the outside is a very accurate barometer of how you are on the inside. How you are on the inside depends upon your health and how you nourish your body—food, water, and supplements.   But it also depends in equal measure on your state of mind, what your mood is, how you handle stress. It’s why we, JoAnn and I, trademarked “health and beauty, inside and out,” back in 2003.

Imagine, if you will, a water glass about half full that you’re holding at the end of your outstretched arm. (No, This is not about if it’s half full or half empty. That’s something else). It feels like it weighs a few ounces. Hold it like that for a half hour and it seems to weigh a few pounds. If you hold it for the whole day, you probably won’t be able to move your arm. The weight hasn’t changed, but the longer you hold it, the heavier it seems to get.

Stress is like that. A little bit isn’t bad; you can shrug it off pretty easily. But you can’t hold on to it all day because it will take a physical toll on you. You simply have to figure out a way to put it down.

Stress relievers take many forms, from meditation to going to the gym to walking your dog, just being with your horse, or spending time with your mate.

One of the goals I have for these blogs (more about that word later) is to uncover some ways to increase self-awareness and create peace of mind while improving inner health and outer beauty. Sometimes it will be the latest nugget of medical science; sometimes a metaphysical nudge. My intention is to uncover ideas you will find nowhere else. My challenge is to keep what I write about new.

Back to the “b” word. I know these are called “blogs” but there’s something about that word I have never liked so I prefer to call these “e-conversations.” And like every good conversation it has to be a dialog with two parts—mine and yours. So I encourage you to use the comment section to share your thoughts about what you read here and let me know what you would like to discuss as we go along.

                               Gotta go…

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  • Chris Bergsma says...

    Love these tidbits on happier, healthier lifestyle. And I can use Doc’s wonderful words to encourage my children – love the glass of water/stress story! Keep writing!

    On March 23, 2015

  • MJ says...

    Thanks for sharing Doc. Lovely thoughts to start the day:)

    On March 18, 2015

  • Mike Riess says...

    I’m with Colleen – this website does look great! :)

    On February 24, 2015

  • Colleen Walker says...

    Love the new website, Doc! It really looks great.

    On February 19, 2015

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