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Happiness Homework #2 Too many happy things to report!!

As per Shawn Achor (The Happiness Advantage), I’m diligently doing my 21 days of homework, which is to write in detail every day for 21 days of a recent happy experience.

I just have one problem. There are too many happy things that happened yesterday!

Industry colleagues, fellow Everest trekkers & heart buddies. I'm in front in black.

It was the final day of the USANA convention and the line up of speakers kept me on the edge of my seat the entire day!

As motivating and inspirational as all the speakers were, I want to write about my colleagues in the industry because they touch my heart so profoundly. Some of them are at the top of the industry. Some of them are in the middle. “Living the dream” as the convention theme stated. And some are striving to realize their dreams.

I truly feel that everyone I introduce to these supplements will benefit with enriched, possibly life saving, health advantages. I make what I feel is my small contribution, making as many people as I can aware of how much better they may fare with this additional wellness tool put to use for them.

I did a pretty good job this year and I won an award for introducing so many new customers to our products. My surprise was when I received so many heartfelt congratulations from my colleagues.

I was surprised because I always feel I could be reaching so many more people, helping so many more. How can I do that? So there is this feeling of inadequacy, this striving to be better.

But my colleagues all expressed to me how proud they were of me, of the job I am doing. They seem to be doing so much more than me and yet they are congratulating me!

I mention it because it’s not just me. I see that support, that encouragement, expressed throughout this community.

To all of us in complimentary medicine, it seems an uphill battle. Colleague & speaker Dr. Christian Northrup explained it this way: Today’s medicine is “disease screening.” It has nothing to do with making people healthy.

Dr Northrup and I at the health convention.

We in complimentary medicine have a tough job sometimes convincing people that it’s time to take another approach and make your body able to be healthy despite all challenges.

A special thanks to the Integritas group. This is a group of industry colleagues who work with internet marketing. They are doing their damnedest to make this technology understood and available to all of us. I am definitely one of the over-50 computer challenged. I’m learning from the Integritas group to be able to reach out beyond my small local community. That’s awesome!

Jason Wells of Integritas with Ruth Kohake and me

When I soon have this mastered, I promise I will be one of the best teachers of internet marketing to technologically challenged people like myself! You have my word on that! : )

We got together at a small pub last night and everyone was so happy just to reconnect, go over the highlights of the convention, share insights and plans for this next year. Smiles all around, laughs, and optimistic feelings.

According to Shawn Achor and the latest studies, the most effective way to get anything done is with optimism and happiness.

Sending love,

Once in a lifetime

Hi from Salt Lake City

by Elizabeth Pasquale on August 26, 2010[edit]

It’s the first day of USANA Convention and the one thing that sticks in my mind above all the amazing things that were said this morning is this:  Patti Rooney:  “It’s once in a lifetime one gets to work with a man the caliber of Dr. Myron Wentz.”

Dr. Wentz is a visionary, the founder of USANA Health Sciences and Sanoviv Medical Center, and the builder of health centers in Uganda and Cambodia.  And I get to work with him, represent him, and carry out his mission of ending disease.

I can’t begin to tell you how my heart sings to accept this challenge.

I count my blessings of the great men I’ve had the honor of calling my mentors, the men who have caused me to rethink my life and start in a new direction.  My life has been many times blessed.

As a teen, it was Robert Wilson, the visionary theater director who changed my world from suburban New Jersey to encompassing the globe.  In my twenties to now, it was the Nyingma lamas, Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche and Khenchen Palden Sherab.  In my professional life, it was first Dr. John Upledger, founder of CranioSacral Therapy, who I had the honor to train under.  Now Dr. Wentz.

My question might be Why Me?  What greatness does the universe expect of me, that it has given me so many visionaries to direct my path?  Once in a lifetime would be a wonderful gift.  Instead, I’ve been gifted with extraordinary mentors a dozen times.

What greatness do I expect of myself to be given these blessings?

I can see now that these questions smack of an inherent sense of unworthiness.  Just the asking of them means I don’t feel these gifts are justified.  I must do something more to earn them.  It comes from parents who told us “you never get something for nothing.”

All of us are worthy of wonderful mentors and nothing is expected of us.  It’s inherent in this supreme gift we are given, the gift of life.

We are worthy beyond measure and there is nothing we need do, or can do, to earn our gifts.  What could we possibly do to earn the gift of the sun each morning?  We are showered with blessings just because we have had the audacity to show up.

A great mentor, Warner Berger & I in Nepal May 2010

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