Ventura Spine & Nerve Center November 2019

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NOVEMBER 2019

5 A.M. COMES EARLIER ON SOME DAYS THAN OTHERS

Now we are going into the holiday season, which can be a very stressful time for many of us. Life is hard to keep up with as it is, and then we throw in the holiday season where everything speeds up tremendously. My mother taught me to slow down, be grateful, and enjoy the little moments, especially with

a privilege to me. It honors my mother and my father who went through similar challenges. There were times in their early life when they were dirt poor and had to do without some pretty basic stuff. There were winters when they thought they’d freeze to death and summers when they thought they’d starve. When they found each other and

I get the question, “Why so early?” pretty regularly. Really, it’s simple: It’s easier, calmer, and quieter, so I can envision the successful and joy- filled day(s) ahead. It’s something I learned from my mother. Her name was Laura, but I called her Mom and my children called her Grandma Laura. My mom was raised during the Great Depression, and her mother passed when my mom was only 2 years old. Then, her father lost his arm in an oil rig accident. Because of the injury, he couldn’t continue with his job. So he bought some land in Lancaster, California, and became a one-armed farmer growing alfalfa. Then, her father remarried and had three more children. My mom ended up being the caretaker for all these children, but they needed income, so she became a live-in housekeeper at age 15 for another family in Los Angeles. When those times were hard, she always took time in the early morning hours to sit quietly and meditate on the things for which she was grateful. This was one of the most important lessons I have ever learned — to continue to see the positive side of life, even when times are tough.

family and loved ones. My desire for you is that you carve out some quiet time each day and really reflect on what you have to be thankful for this holiday season.

married, the two of them made a commitment that their family would not underestimate the power of gratitude, and I want to share

Dr. Alff’s mother, Laura

their message with you. We are about to enter a new decade — let’s see this new decade bring us a beautiful world in which all people are working together to help one another. We’re hoping you will stay focused and envision a world free from strife. Happy holidays!

Also, I remind and urge you to continue to take care of your physical health during these busy times. Nothing is more important than your health — anyone who has lost their health can tell you that. So make sure you are being proactive, not reactive, with your health so your immune system stays strong. I guess you could say always being grateful and being proactive with my health is something of

–Dr. Steven Alff, D.C.

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