Monthly Archives: September 2017

[Ezine] 10 Things You Can Do When You’re Older

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Dr. Michael Craig,   Vol. 5, #36 – September 21, 2017. Published weekly (except when its not).

A Time For Change

I just got back from my Tennessee cabin where I spent some time with my friend Jason doing light chores and splitting wood for the upcoming winter.

While there, I had a chance to reflect on my older years, and marvel at the speed of change.  Things are much slower in Coker Creek, Tennessee, than they are in the Big City of Atlanta, so I actually had time to reflect on becoming a charter member of “The Old Buzzard’s Club” with a few close friends.  

It seems like only yesterday, for example, that a 20 Megabyte hard drive was enough to store every piece of software I could ever load. Now, super-fast operating systems eat up 20 TERAbytes like Pac-Man used to gobble up ghosts…

And that’s just in computing.  Change is gobbling up every aspect of our lives, from dance and education to social media and slang. Used to be, the phrase “in a minute” meant that you were going to be there very soon.  Now it means “like, forever.”  Go figure.  

Since we can’t really buck change, I figured the next best thing is to make a list of all the stuff we as older adults can do that younger folks can’t . . . or don’t want to.  So, if you find more than 50% of this list relevant to your life, welcome to The Old Buzzards’ Club!

The List

These are the 10 Things I get to do as an older American:

  1. Fall asleep on the couch.  I used to watch shows all the way through.  Now, I sometimes “mediate” unexpectedly.
  2. Keep stuff in TWO sheds.  One is never enough after age 45.  Besides, you never know when you’re going to need that skeleton key from grandma’s old house!
  3. Repeat myself.   You forgot what you said, so you say it again, “just to be sure”…
  4. Repeat myself.  Did I just say that?
  5. Play the Curmudgeon.   This is the fun part about getting older . . . you don’t have to please everybody, especial those who are younger, i.e., “wet behind the ears.”  Throwing questions at them based on your experience and/or common sense often work wonders to frustrate the hell out of phone solicitors and bureaucrats. “Now – what’s your name?” (Felicia) “Now, Felicia, have you ever had someone break a skillet over your head, then show up at your room in the hospital to try and sell you a new one…?  Now you know how that feels to me…”
  6. Talk about my diseases.  Your grandparents did it.  Your parents did it.  Now it’s your turn at the megaphone.  Go ahead – tell the whole world about your bunions, your back pain and your kidney stones.  Whether they want to know or not, they need to know!  After all, it’ll be their turn someday to pass on this vast amount of knowledge prostate problems to their kids.
  7. Talk about the Old Days.  “When I was your age, gasoline with 25 cents a gallon, phones were attached to a cord,  and we were happy with 3 TV channels…”
  8. Write letters.  The only ones who remember how to actually send a letter by sitting down, writing on paper, sticking the paper in an envelope, licking and mailing it, are folks born before 1985.
  9. Not worry about global warming.  If the world temperature is rising a fraction of a degree each year, we won’t be around to worry about it 40 years later when its 5 degree warmer.  Maine and Canada should be happy with more immigrants.
  10. Repeat myself.  Oh yeah, I said that already…  

 

 

 

Here’s to your Success,
Michael
www.logicalsoul.com

[Ezine] Another Stormy Week

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Dr. Michael Craig,   Vol. 5, #35 – September 12, 2017. Published weekly (except when its not).

The Big Blow

This past week has been a whirlwind… literally.  Last week I was getting ready to head to Lima, Peru.  This week, Hurricane Irma paid a not-to-social call, blew away a few people, and contributed to the deaths of 35 people in the Caribbean and 9 in the US.  

The storm was bad, but not as bad as expected.  Here in Atlanta, the wind gusted a few times and lots of rain and pine cones fell, but we never lost power (some did) and the worst was over in a few hours.

This was the first time ever Atlanta has been under a “Tropical Storm Warning.”  And, of course,  residents reacted in the same way they do whenever snow “threatens”… cancel flights and trains, close schools and businesses, and generally freak out for a few days.  Then nothing.

How did you do?  I hope each of you was safe, and that nothing too drastic happened to you, your family or neighborhood.

Soma and I and our few guests never lost electric power, but a few Atlanta residents died and over a million people are still without power.  One can only imagine the current struggles of folks in SE Texas and Florida.

As a Red Cross volunteer in the late 1960’s I remember many of the homes of families we assisted were almost submerged.   But, although these families lost most or all of their possessions, many of them were still smiling, singing, or helping others in need.  At times when desperation can often run high, its good to remember what’s really important, i.e., minimal loss of life, and communities and families coming together to save and rebuild.

While I grew up in Savannah, GA,  we got hurricane warnings every year.  In 1959, Hurricane Gracie, a Category 4 storm, came barreling ashore, knocking my dad down when he opened the door (I still don’t know why he did that!) and giving me my first and only view of a hurricane eye.

Those powerful images will always be with me.

By the way…

The move to Peru has been postponed for 6-8 months . . . something about me not being able to get a work visa because the new Peruvian president is pulling a Trump on us by halting all immigration for awhile.  I actually don’t mind; this gives me and Soma a chance to catch our breaths during this time of rapid change…

More next week.

Here’s to your Success,
Michael
www.logicalsoul.com

[Ezine] How to Manifest Your Dream

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Dr. Michael Craig,   Vol. 5, #34 – September 5, 2017. Published weekly (except when its not).

Things Happens By Design

Last week I told you the story of meeting John and Mary, and how that meeting lead to Soma and I ordering our DNA tests to find out how to avoid diseases latent in our genes . . . something I’ve wanted to see happen for decades.  

This week another miracle blast happened.

Before I go into the details, however, let me lay the groundwork by saying that I’ve always been interested in healing miracles, shamanism, meditation, and love to watch shows on healing, ancient astronauts and earth mysteries.  

I also held the vision of retiring in a few years to some coastal area, maybe in some exotic location like Panama, Nicaragua, Ecuador or Peru.   I would continue to work by giving sessions,  working as a chiropractor, or holding transformation workshops.

Fast Forward to Today  

Through a series of unforeseen events and contacts, I now have a firm job offer to be a chiropractor in Lima, Peru!

There are obviously some major details that have to be worked out before the final decision is made, I can tell you this much – my dream job came about because of two things:

  1. A Strong Vision, and
  2. Getting out of my own way.

Vision Makes It All Happen

When you have a real vision, nature moves heaven and earth to bring about the circumstances for your vision to happen.  My guru Maharishi used to say “support of nature” is a strong indication that you are supposed to be doing something.  

This past week, I have a lot of support of nature.  While I’m supposed to leave next month (!) and will be separated from my wife for awhile, this opening is one I feel I must go through.  I will keep you updated.

The other element is equally important, i.e., get our of your own way!

Are you afraid of change or making big decisions?  This may be due to subconscious hidden decisions that keep you stuck in the past.  You will therefore miss the little hints that may be regularly popping up – that gossamer thread – that will lead to your dream.

The Logical Soul® is designed to let you break through all barriers – past, present and future – that may be limiting your success in life. 

Do You Have a Dream?

Do you have some idea you’ve been dreaming about for a while, but maybe thought it had no chance of coming true?  I have just six words for you:  Take Action and Don’t Give Up!  

Recently I’ve been taking steps to renew my chiropractic license in Georgia.  By chance, I got in touch with an old chiropractic classmate of mine after 25 years, and mentioned my interest in travel.  He gave me the name of a doctor in Peru who needed an associate.

The number I called, however, did not work, and my friend didn’t have another one.

I could have given up, but I didn’t.  Through an intense online search I was able to find another number for the doctor, i.e., the number of his wife in Florida who was advertising for help on an obscure website.

This number worked.

I spoke with Marta, the doctor’s Peruvian wife, at length, sent them my resume, and received an email from the doctor in Peru the next day with the good news.

Go For It

The universe offers you great opportunities, but the hints are very subtle.  It takes desire, patience, and the ability to follow the gossamer thread of events that lead to the next step, that may eventually lead to your vision – or something greater.

If you take these little steps, and are not afraid to make big decisions, great things can happen.   If you don’t, you’ll be stuck with more of the same.  

Here’s to your unlimited Success,
Michael
www.logicalsoul.com