If you feel caught up in the ratrace of life with no way out, look for
examples of people who have been able to create a life that works for them.
Thousands, if not millions of people have created excellent health, satisfying
work, good incomes, and fulfilling relationships for themselves. You can too.
Learn from the example of other's success. Find out what they did, what was the
process that brought them success, and see if it works for you too. Successful
people are more than happy to share their secrets with others. Who do you
admire? Imagine stepping into their shoes for a day. How would things be
different? Talk to people who are already successful at what you would love
most to do and learn from them. You don't have to start from scratch. Whatever
would bring you the most joy has probably been done by at least one, if not by
thousands. You will do it in your own unique way, but build on the experience
and success of the people who are already happy and successful.
How does doing what you love create health in your life? When you feel
positive about what you are doing, there is a literal increase in the number of
white blood cells and other factors which make your immune system function well
and protect you against illness. Endorphins, opiate-like substances produced in
the brain when people are happy, create a physiological sense of pleasure and
well-being. People who are happy, simply feel better and have a much greater
chance of being healthy and curing disease. Norman Cousins, who recently spoke
in Seattle, beat two life-threatening illnesses through the power of humor and
laughter, and in the process created a whole new career for himself as the
chief proponent of curing illness by laughing. He has enjoyed himself right
out of the hospital all the way to the bank. You can too.
"That's all right for Norman", you might say," but what about me? I'm
stuck going to work everyday to a job I hate". To go beyond being stuck,
imagine the possibility that you could have it your way, that you actually do
deserve a break today. But you have to create the opportunity by giving a clear
message to yourself and the universe about what you would love to do and create
a commitment to settle for nothing less. Then find out what the first step
would be toward what you want and take it. Be ready for your present
circumstances to dissolve as new opportunities present themselves. Even though
you may have false starts and setbacks, keep doing the next step that seems
obvious to you. Keep moving with the vision of your success in front of you,
and you will soon find yourself doing what you love and enjoying the rewards of
satisfaction, enjoyment and excellent health.
Drs. Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman and Robert Ullman are naturopathic and
homeopathic physicians and cofounders of the Northwest Center for Homeopathic
Medicine in Edmonds, WA. They are coauthors of The Patient's Guide to
Homeopathic Medicine and Beyond Ritalin: Homeopathic Treatment of ADD
and Other Behavioral and Learning Problems. They can be reached at (206)