Next New Beginnings
January 29-31, 2010
The Wooden Bowl
has been around a bit.. but still stires emotion in me
every time I read it.. I guess we all need to be
reminded of the little things in life and the presents
God has given us...
Sam Selimo, D.C., PhC.
I guarantee you will
remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week
from now, a month from now,
A year from now.
A frail old man went to live with his son,
daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson.
The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred,
and his step faltered
The family ate together at the table. But the elderly
grandfather's shaky hands and
Failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his
spoon onto the floor.
When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the
The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the
'We must do something about father,' said the son.
'I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and
food on the floor.'
So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner.
There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the
family enjoyed dinner.
Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was
served in a wooden bowl.
When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction,
sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone.
Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp
admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.
The four-year-old watched it all in silence.
One evening before supper, the father noticed his son
playing with wood scraps on the floor.
He asked the child sweetly, 'What are you making?' Just
as sweetly, the boy responded,
'Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat
your food in when I grow up.
' The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.
The words so struck the parents so that they were
speechless. Then tears started to stream down their
cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must
That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and
gently led him back to the family table.
For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the
family. And for some reason,
Neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when
a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth
On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what
happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it
will be better tomorrow.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by
the way he/she handles four things:
A rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled
Christmas tree lights.
I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same
thing as making a 'life..'
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a
catcher's mitt on both hands.You need to be able to
throw something back sometimes.
I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude
But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the
needs of others,
Your work and doing the very best you can, happiness
will find you
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an
open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have
to be one.
I've learned that every day, you should reach out and
People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm
hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
This is to all of you who
Mean something to me,
I pray for your happiness.
Sam Selimo, D.C.
Didn’t Somebody Tell Me This?”
the world has gone to bed
And I am drowning in its silence.”
- Vanessa Carlton
It’s about 10 p.m. on a week night, and I’m sitting in
my office in the dark once again, staring at this
computer screen. I just watched a short video on
Facebook by Dr. Jim Sigafoose, one of my
early mentors, in which he tells the moving story of a
very sick young girl whose family had nearly given up
hope when, like so many others, they finally sought
chiropractic care for her as a last resort.
Asked whether anything
could be done, Dr. Sig replied, “I have no idea –
but I can move the bone, and God can do the healing.”
The father’s response was, “Why didn’t anybody
ever tell me this before?!”
make a long story short, the girl did get better, but
the relevant question here is, “What in the world
was Dr. Sigafoose talking about?” Sounds more
like religion than science, doesn’t it?
You and I
started out as two cells – one from our father, and one
from our mother. Those two cells came together and
formed the beginning of us, and over a
period of about nine months, we went from one cell to
(depending on whom you ask), somewhere between 10 and
100 trillion. We might call that “The Miracle of
amazing part, though, is not the simple fact that we
multiplied from one cell into trillions, but that they
all went off in different directions to do different
jobs. Some became part of our kneecaps, some formed a
heart, some built an immune system, and so on. In other
words, it’s like 100 trillion separate little animals
crawling off to participate in thousands of complex
functions, all conceived, orchestrated and conducted
into the most beautiful symphony ever written, and
directed by some unseen hand.
objective observer, any scientist can tell you that
there’s more going on in this process than chemistry and
physics. Whatever built us from one cell into a newborn
baby did the whole thing on purpose. It
certainly was no random accident, no chance collision of
molecules. Those little cells are organized.
here’s the important part: once that Innate
Intelligence forms a new baby, it doesn’t go off and
make another one – it stays inside of us,
and runs every aspect of our lives, every second of
every day. If we cut ourselves, if we break a bone, if
we have a cold or the flu or any other symptom or
disease, it’s our own Innate Intelligence that does the
healing. It just knows how to do it.
doctors don’t heal. Medications don’t heal. Operations
don’t heal. Chiropractic adjustments don’t heal. All
any doctor or pill or procedure or adjustment can do is
seek to remove the interference to
healing, so that the body’s own innate potential can be
expressed. Healing always flows from
above down, and from the inside out.
The chiropractic principle is almost too simple, which
is partly why it’s taking so long for it to be
understood and accepted. “What do the bones have
to do with Innate Intelligence?” you might
turns out, our Innate Intelligence expresses itself
largely through the nervous system, and that system is
stretched over the body’s frame (the bones) like a
spider web, or like the strings of a musical instrument,
or like one of my mother’s doilies over
that little pegboard she used to pin them on to dry.
has now confirmed that any distortion or restriction of
our human frame can interfere with the nerves by
disturbing their “tone” or
“vibration,” in much the same way that the notes
produced by plucking a guitar string are changed by
altering its tension. Too much or too little, and we
won’t be happy with the result.
We know that the nervous
system controls all of the organs and glands of the
body, including the immune system, which determines how
well we deal with colds, flu and other infections.
We’ve even found out that nerve root compression alters
gene expression, which affects how likely
we are to actually develop the conditions
or diseases of our parents. In other words, we aren’t
necessarily “doomed” to have the same
problems they had – much of our future can be influenced
by the choices we make in our own lives,
including whether and how we choose to care for our
35 years now, I’ve been sharing the above information
with everyone who would listen. As Dr.
Christopher Kent, another of my mentors,
expresses it, “We’re talking about sculpting the
future of the destiny of mankind by educating people
about their choices.” In my chiropractic
college days, we just called it, “telling the
Wishing you health,
happiness and peace,
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