Normally, I surround my workspace with a number of inspirational quotes, ranging from ancient philosophical musings to Taoist inspirations to spiritual uplifting ones. This year, I decided to do something completely different. I removed all of them and placed just one simple statement, taped to the base of my computer screen. It reads: “Do what you say you are going to do.” Not quite Robert Frost or Lao Tsu now is it. The prior quotes were “head nodders;” that is, I would read them, ponder them and find myself slowly nodding my noggin in agreement. This one is simple . . .so simple, it is  life changing.

Case in point. Yesterday, I made the commitment to check out a Taiko drumming class (Japanese drumming. See picture below.) It is something that I had seen a number of times while in Disney’s Epcot and I found it fascinating. When a friend mentioned that there was a class in town, I jumped at the opportunity.


About an hour prior to leaving, the Doubt Gremlins came by for a visit. You know them. They are the “little voices” that whisper to you statements such as “It is a long drive. Wouldn’t you like to just dial it down and relax for the evening.” “Big day tomorrow. That couch is looking good.”

I listened nearly too well, but remembered my commitment – Do what you say you are going to do – and hopped in my RAV4 and went to class. At this point, it mattered not how I would react to the class. In fact, the Taiko drumming became secondary. I simply felt wonderful, knowing that once again, I stuck to a commitment. When a person does this, they are strengthening their core, their kidney and heart energy and practicing the art of follow through.  This by itself was a tremendous reward. But it was just the beginning.

The class was just incredible! I loved every single second of it. Despite being lost most of the time and off rhythm seemingly all of the time, the whole experience was amazing. For the 90 minutes of class and the 30 minutes home, I don’t think I stopped smiling once. It is moments like this, I am reminded of the famous quote from Elizabeth Kubler-Ross which reads:

“When you spend your life doing what you love to do, you are nourishing your soul. It matters not what you do, only that you love whatever you happen to do.”

Over the years, I have seen literally thousands of patients and via the Internet and phone, tens of thousands more. Everyone is a unique soul of course, but we do share characteristics in common. One that immediately jumps out is this — disease in all its forms, be it physical or emotional, is preventable by doing what you love. From colds and respiratory illnesses to depression and obesity, the individuals who consistently do what they love to do — regardless of circumstances (Ex/ It is not convenient to where I live. It is too expensive. It is not at the right time for me. etc. etc.) — are the ones who experience levels of consistent health that are the envy of all.

Do you want to be happy, joyful, energized? Do what you love.

Do you want to experience optimal, powerful health? Experiment with many activities. Commit to at least trying them. Do what you say you are going to do and then do what you love. Never has an herb, mineral, amino acid or even pharmaceutical been so potent as this.

It matters not what you do, only that you love whatever you happen to do.”