Audiobook I am hearing: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
This past week I started my most ambitious audiobook to date. The 62-hour reading of Atlas Shrugged by author and philosopher Ayn Rand is a monster! So far I have heard about 5 hours and have enjoyed getting to know the characters and the setting for this epic story. I decided to listen to this one after a solid recommendation from a good friend. He believes that the best-written description of the concept of money exists as a monologue in this book. He also talks about how listening to its story gave him significant clarity as to the way the world works. Accordingly, I am hoping to gain similar knowledge. That being said, if you have a long road trip or flight (or series of flights…haha) coming up this summer, you may want to hunker down and give this one a try!
Meeting I am attending: Bi-Annual Team and Family Meeting
This week I was lucky to hold two very important events. The first was the Aligned Life bi-annual team meeting and the second was the Shea Family bi-annual meeting. I have long believed that one of the best ways to run a family was to treat it like a business. Creating a vision, developing systems, holding people accountable, celebrating victories, and giving support during challenging times are requirements for both families and businesses. This week with the Aligned Life team we discussed a number of exciting events and opportunities for our Aligned Life community to take part in over the next six months. We also determined which charities we wanted to support, which systems to improve and how to further personalize the chiropractic care we offer. In contrast, with my wife and sons, we reviewed our vision boards, talked about the upcoming challenges with our conflicting schedules, and celebrated the positive actions taken thus far in 2022. If you are interested in reducing your stress levels and creating the life you desire, consider scheduling meetings with the people who mean the most to you!
Quote I am loving: “There are no evil thoughts except one: the refusal to think.” ~ Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged
One of the main topics discussed in the book Atlas Shrugged is the differentiation between the people of the world who choose to think for themselves and everyone else. The people who choose to actually think about important topics and try to solve the world’s problems are people of action. They are doers. Everyone else has either, consciously or subconsciously, shirked the responsibility and decided to allow others to do the heavy lifting. When it comes to the topic of health, I see these two different types of people often. On one side, there are people who have chosen to get educated, commit to a certain standard of health, and surround themselves with other like-minded individuals. On the other side, are people who have decided that having a surface level of understanding about their bodies is sufficient. They seem to listen to other people who are as equally uninformed as they are about health. Consequently, they often end up suffering from pain, injury, and chronic disease and rationalize it by believing that they got the bad end of the genetic pool. This week I urge you to take a hard look at yourself to determine which side of the population you want to be on. Both, no doubt, have consequences. However, for the betterment of humanity, I encourage you to resolve to be a part of the thinkers and doers!
Have a kick ass week everyone!
Dr. Devin Shea, DC