Next New Beginnings - September 25 - 28, 2008
It's not what you gather, but what you scatter
by Dr. Kevin Fogarty
was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes.
I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean,
hungrily apprizing a basket of freshly picked green peas.
I paid for my potatoes, but was also drawn to the display of fresh green
I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I
couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store
owner) and the ragged boy next to me.
'Hello Barry, how are you today?'
'H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas. They sure
'They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?'
'Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time.'
'Good. Anything I can help you with?'
'No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas.'
'Would you like take some home?' asked Mr. Miller.
'No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with.'
'Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?'
'All I got's my prize marble here.'
'Is that right? Let me see it' said Miller.
'Here 'tis. She's a dandy.'
'I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go
for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?' the store owner asked.
'Not zackley but almost.'
'Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this
way let me look at that red marble', Mr. Miller told the boy.
'Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller.'
Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me.
With a smile said, 'There are two other boys like him in our community,
all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with
them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever.
When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he
decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag
of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their
next trip to the store.'
I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man.
A short time later I moved to Colorado , but I never forgot the story of
this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles.
Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one.
Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho
community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died..
They were having his visitation that evening and knowing my friends
wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them.
Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of
the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.
Ahead of us in line were three young men.
One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark
suits and white shirts...all very professional looking.
They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her
Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly
with her and moved on to the casket.
Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one, each young man
stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in
Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.
Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her
of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her
husband's bartering for marbles.
With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.
'Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about. They
just told me how they appreciated the things Jim 'traded' them.
Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or
size...they came to pay their debt.'
'We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world,' she confided,
'but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho '.
With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased
husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.
The Moral : We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind
deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments
that take our breath.
Today I wish you a day of ordinary miracles ~ A fresh pot of coffee you
didn't make yourself.
An unexpected phone call from an old friend.
Green stoplights on your way to work.
The fastest line at the grocery store.
A good sing-along song on the radio.
Your keys found right where you left them.
Send this to the people you'll never forget.
If you don't send it to anyone, it means you are in way too much of a
hurry to even notice the ordinary miracles when they occur.
It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of
life you have lived!
Read and Remember
Dr. Mark Davis
I have adjusted a little
boy named Andrew, the youngest boy of a family
of 5 children, for the past few months. When he first came to
me he couldn't walk, he was not having bowel movements, he wasn't
crawling, he had severe torticollis, and difficulty swallowing.
(It was like Matthew's case many have heard me
talk about in my new patient workshop)
Andrew's parents were committed to driving 45 minutes each way to
have him receive his 2 minute adjustment 3 times a week for 3
months. And Wallah.. after beginning care all
of his problems "magically" disappeared to the
amazement of his physicians. He was walking, having
bowel movements, eating regularly and just "a regular kid" His
parents were so happy with his progress and with chiropractic. The
story of the the power of chiropractic went through our town as
the local paper printed an article titled
"LITTLE BOY WALKS AFTER STARTING CHIROPRACTIC
CARE" . Ahhhh Chiropractic! Best thing since
sliced bread. But let me take a back step for a
moment and tell you why this "success" is an
When Andrew began care,
and throughout, I discussed the need for
chiropractic for the whole family. I examined his Mom, Dad brothers
and sisters. I also did subluxation station evaluations on them
and found all where subluxated and required
care. The parents did not have a large income
so I offered them a financial hardship agreement
for care. Mom and Dad were too proud to accept and insisted on
paying for Andrew however denied care for the
rest of the family. I was too reserved to push
any further, in FEAR that they would stop Andrew's
care and his subsuquent progress. So for months I adjusted Andrew
while his Mom, Dad, Brothers and Sisters continued to suffer the
effects of the subluxation unknowingly and non symptomatically.
Andrew's Dad's company was
sold and he was relocated to Ohio last month. I
found them a wonderful subluxation based chiropractor in
Ohio for them to get under care with and I lightly encouraged them
to all get under a family plan. I called the
chiropractor, discussed Andrew's past and
future and asked if she would encourage the rest of
the family to get under care. Andrew's
mom finally got under care last week in Ohio (because she was
for the first time ever, experiencing nagging back pain)
I received a call from the
new chiropractor in Ohio at 8:38 this
morning.......Andrew's mom has Cancer. Lymphoma.....The largest mass
is located next to the lumbar spine....EXACTLY where the
subluxation station showed high readings many
months earlier. My stomach turned cold, My
heart sank, and My chest turned tight as a drum.
How many times have we
heard "What is the difference between
subluxation and cancer?"....."TIME".
I had nearly 60 office
visits to convey the urgency to his parents
about the devastating effects of subluxations. My mind is racing with
the question as to how few times I actually opened my heart and
mouth and shared the importance of care with
them. Once....Ten....20 times... And why not
more....FEAR ....FEAR of confrontation...FEAR of
rejection.....FEAR of perception.....
I'm sure in my mind I
justified my negligence by saying to myself,
"I've told them the story...its their choice" or "I'm seeing
hundreds of patients every week....they all get
it, so I'm doing my job"...But was I? Are WE?
Is being busy the same thing as servicing our
community? Are we, the subluxation based chiropractors REALLY doing
it? Or are we walking around with a false facade... Are we really
good at getting lots of new patients into the office, getting some
of them riled up and excited enough to commit
to some level of care.. Heck they maybe refer a
couple of patients.. Yet we sit idly by letting
them quietly slink out the back door after a day, month,
year.... Do we really make a difference if they leave? Is that the
true purpose of what we are doing? Is this truly helping our
communities if our back door is as wide open as the front. I
suppose my epiphany is: Not only to
consistently open the mouth with purpose, but
to open the eyes too. The back door needs to be closed if we are
going to truly make a difference. To close the back door we must
talk to ALL patients with purpose each and
every day and stay focused. In doing so we will
have those patients who's families are not getting
adjusted enthusiastically begin care.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE
learn from my mistake. DO NOT be silent. Don't
give up on that patient who has been coming in for a year
without his/her spouse or children. Tell them every day...Yell
from the rooftops. Don't get caught up in the
daily routine, of adjust, plan, prepare.etc....
Teach...Teach with every word. Have purposeful
discussion with everyone.. Screw the weather nobody gives a crap
about it....Talk about to the patient about her mother who wont
get in, talk about the latest drug that just
killed thousands , but most of all don't be
afraid to be kicked in the proverbial gut of rejection
again and again. It's a Hell of a lot better feeling then knowing
your apathy may have caused a little boy with 4
siblings to become motherless.
Dr. Mark Davis.
"Life is too short to wake
up with regrets. So love the people who treat
you right. Forget about the one's who don't. Believe everything happens
for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If
it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life
would be easy. They just promised it would most likely be
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