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Next New Beginnings
January 29-31, 2010

The Wooden Bowl

presented by Dr. Sam Selimo

This story 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.

The Wooden Bowl

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 tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess.
'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 be done.

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 soiled.

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 chance.

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 you
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 touch someone.

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.

Why Didn’t Somebody Tell Me This?”

 by Dr. Frank Bowling

Hello, my friends.

 “All 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?!”

                Well, to 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?

 Innate Intelligence

                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 Life.”

                The 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.

                Any 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.

                But 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.

                  Medical 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.

 Moving the Bone

                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 reasonably wonder.

                As it 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.

                Science 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 spines.

 The Story

                For over 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 story.”

                Consider yourself told.

 Wishing you health, happiness and peace,

 Dr. Frank Bowling

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