Sunday, May 16, 2010

Which voice do you choose to listen to...?

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the annual Bloomsday Run in Spokane, Washington. Bloomsday is a fun time, with about 50,000 participants running or walking 12 kilometers (about 7 and a half miles). It's a hilly and challenging course. All along the route thousands of spectators cheer the runners on with signs and shouted words of encouragement. It's a very motivating experience!

This year, a couple of miles from the end, there were two guys who had a different message. Take a look at the picture above. You can read the red sign: "Just quit now." The green sign says, "You'll never make it."

These two guys were quite a contrast to the countless others who were offering cheers of support and encouragement at a point where the race was really becoming a challenge. It was all in fun and I doubt they de-motivated anybody. I'm sure they got many thousands of laughs from the passing runners. Even so, these guys serve as a colorful illustration of the contrasting messages that swirl around in our heads as we encounter life's challenges. Whether it be health, wealth, love or whatever; we often have two voices speaking to us: a naysayer and a motivational speaker. One will always be louder than the other. We always have a choice about which voice to listen to.

Which voice do you choose listen to -- the one that is loudest, or the one that serves you the best...?

Until next time,
Dr. Mark William Cochran
Chiropractor, lightworker, energy healer, writer, speaker
Sandpoint and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

PS: Happy birthday to me!

PSS: Here is the latest on the Oby Phenomenon:
You can now order Oby's Wisdom! A Caveman's Simple Gude to Health and Well-being through your favorite local bookstore. Here in the Inland Northwest, Oby is on the shelves at these locations:
Spokane: Auntie's Bookstore, downtown
Coeur d'Alene: Hastings and Borders
Sandpoint: Inquire Within, Winter Ridge Natural Foods Market, Zero Point and Vanderford's Books & Office Products

Book signings:
The recent book signings at Hastings in CdA, Auntie's in Spokane and Borders in CdA were a great success. Thanks to all who attended! I will post future book signings here as they are scheduled.

You can also visit the official Oby's Wisdom website to purchase a copy.

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1 comment:

Lisa said...

Hi Dr Mark, I walked the Bloomsday too! I saw those guys, they were quite funny and good for a laugh like you said. :)