Chiropractor Portland OROften in today’s world, we like to think that we can have it all, handle it all, and control it all. When an illness hits, we may find that although we can contribute to the betterment of our health, we are not always in control of what happens and why.

Good health is a beautiful thing, rich in its lushness and generous in its purveyance. Most of us are born with good health and the trick of a lifetime is to hold onto it for as long and as often as possible. However, please make no mistake. We almost never do it alone.

In our earliest years, we are the definition of vulnerable. Our lives continue despite the elements, bacteria, viruses, and wild dingos all because we are being protected by someone else.

As we get older, we find that we can choose what we eat, how we exercise, if we meditate, and our general mood. This can get us on the ego-trip of “I take care of me”. I ask you, though, to filter this thought through a more humble filter. We have the food we eat not because of the money in our pockets, but because it was made available in the first place by farmers, packagers, distributors, government, and health officials. We live where we live because it was made available by architects, builders, zoning laws, and whatever current cultural climate exists at the time. We can drink tap water, exercise at a gym, or go to a meditation retreat because others make it available. In other words, others make it so. Our basic necessities all have a common root in that they are here to benefit us and they would be here regardless of us.

I suggest taking this thought a step further and looking at your life right now. If you never had friends, a significant other, teachers, or family members to help you, would you still be who you are? Would you be as strong, as supported, and as healthy as you are? Who would you learn from? Would education alone help you to find your purpose? For better or for worse, those around you help to shape you and you help to shape them. We are like a cacophony of meandering streams changing the landscapes we touch. The support we hold for each other is enormous, if only we choose to give that support. For others, that support can only be received when we have the courage to ask for it.

This month, the month of giving thanks, I would like to suggest considering all of the ways that others have helped you to be better versions of yourself. Who has inspired you, supported you, been there when you needed a friend? Who has helped you continue through school, deal with a hard day at work, or helped you by showing you all the things you wanted to become (or what you never wanted to become)? Remember those this month who have contributed to you. Give back where you can and remember that the circle of generosity shines brightest when it is shared. Happy November!