Be The Change!

Compassion & Caring In Holland!

Jan van Beelen, D.C.

The famous Gandhi saying is ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’ and recently I have met so many people who are literally being the change and Holland is no different.

I have been here just four days and I have come upon a chiropractor that wants to be that change. Having come from the States I have heard so many people say that ‘No one helps us when we need them too’ but I am here to say to you ‘Open your eyes’ because there are plenty of people out there in the world who help us. Just because our news likes to report negativity and doom and gloom doesn’t mean that that is what is actually out there all the time. That’s just what sells unfortunately. I can’t for the life of me understand why but it just is but what I can tell you is that there are wonderful people all over the world who want to help us when we need the help.

There is a local chiropractor in Holland named Jan van Beelen who is making a difference. Upon hearing about the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused he decided that something needed to be done to help and he wrote a letter to everyone on the DCF (Dutch Chiropractic Federation) for support. Below is his letter:

“Hi Everybody,

What would America do if somewhere in the world a disaster such as Sandy happened? I know. There would be massive aid. What do we do here in Holland? As far as I know nothing.

Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and others are having a benefit concert. That solidified my determination to do something to help also.

My entire lifestyle, my passion, and my purpose I thank America for. So on Thursday, November 22nd I will work for free in my practice and every euro will be for whatever organization in America that I think needs it the most. Maybe the ICA may know a fellow chiropractor in the coastal area of New Jersey that has lost everything due to the storm. Or maybe the Red Cross needs money. It doesn’t matter as long as I do something.

I invite you to do something similar. You may have ideas that can propel this project into something greater than an individual action. Why the 22nd of November? That’s Thanksgiving in America. To me always the greatest family holiday.

I personally dodged the bullet with this storm. As an investment I own an oceanfront home on the Outerbanks of North Carolina together with some friends and family. The house is under contract to sell on November 30th. Last year Hurricane Irene hit the Outerbanks hard and this year Sandy did major damage where my house is. My house survived intact though.

They have always given to others (otherwise I may be speaking German now). If you have any suggestions how to maximize our efforts or how you plan on raising money then call, email or visit me. On Saturday, November 10th at 1 p.m. I will be hosting a lunch for whomever wants to help. Please let me know if you plan on coming so I can plan the seafood buffet accordingly.

Yours in Chiropractic,

Jan van Beelen, D.C.”

I was so deeply touched that this individual so far from where the devastation is happening would care enough to actually do something about it that I contacted him for his permission to tell his story and he agreed.

Dr. Beelen stated that he worked as a chiropractor on the Outerbanks between 1981-1993 and because of this experience it has made him acutely aware of the damage to people’s lives and property in the event of a hurricane. He also said that his family has been lucky so far and it’s heartbreaking to him to see the havoc in New Jersey and New York right now.

Dr. Beelen also stated that he found it shocking that so many people (100+) lost their lives because of Hurricane Sandy because he really didn’t think that it was going to be that bad. I think a lot of us thought that way too. I mean after all it was only a category 1 storm. Usually that doesn’t do anything really but the conditions were right and everything lined up for a major disaster.

So here’s my call to action to all of you. If you want to help and you’re in Holland then by all means please go to Dr. Beelen’s office in Katwijk, Holland on the 22nd of November and get your spine checked out. You’ll be doing yourself some good (because let’s face it we all need a chiropractor these days) and you’ll be helping so many in America too. It’s a win-win situation. CLICK HERE to go to Dr. Beelen’s website.

If you’re not in Holland and can’t see Dr. Beelen then please donate some other way. If you’re in the area affected then help someone else that’s worse off than you are. If you’re not in the affected area than donate some money to the organization of your choice or volunteer your time and energy in some way to help out.

If you would like to donate to the American Red Cross then you can CLICK HERE to do that too. The cool thing about donating via that link is that for every dollar that you donate your money will be matched dollar for dollar. So if you donate $100 it will actually be $200! Sounds like a great deal to me!

Help Long Islanders Recover From Hurricane Sandy!

If you want to donate more locally then I was also just made aware of The Great South Bay Brewery Hurricane Relief Donation Hub. This is a local pub that is collecting donations of items as well as money to be directly distributed to local people on Long Island, NY that need help. CLICK HERE TO DONATE DIRECTLY TO PEOPLE ON LONG ISLAND!

Please note that you can either mail in your donations to the address on the above webpage OR you can directly donate using the PayPal button at the bottom of the page OR you can CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO PAYPAL TO DONATE!

So dear friends, family and blog followers – go forth and be the change! Go make a positive difference in the world! Let’s show the world that there’s more good in this world than negative! I’ll keep you updated on Dr. Beelen’s progress to in a future post!

A little reminder for us all!

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The Power of We!

Today is Blog Action Day 2012 and the theme is ‘The Power of We’. It’s an appropriate theme if you ask me especially with the election looming large here in the United States. You see, as I watch the T.V. I am being constantly bombarded by politicians big and small slamming their opposition and it bothers me how divided people let themselves be about everything from politics to religion to animal welfare to adopting greener ways to live.

You see blaming people is not the answer and I would think that as a higher life form the human race would realize this. Fighting is not the answer either. Fighting will only make the other side dig their heels in deeper and resist you more. These types of things are more like ‘The Power of I’ and as the old saying goes ‘there is no I in team’. We as a collective need to band together and realize ‘The Power of We’!

Sure I do believe that the individual can make a huge difference in the world and that single little actions over time become massive snowballs of change but ‘The Power of We’ can accomplish so much more!

So why am I bringing this up in my travel blog? Well, anyone you know who is well-traveled will tell you that as different as other counties are from the life you know at home there are some basic, core things that are ever present and constant too. Now I know everyone has different beliefs and individual realities. That’s one of the great amazing things about our lives and one of the greatest reasons we all travel. That’s what it’s about too but I think if you boiled it all down to a few core beliefs you’d find that everyone wants the same things. We all want to live a healthy, long, happy life. We all want to be free and not be restricted and imprisoned. We all want justice and what’s right and fair. We all want an environment that provides the possibility of living that healthy, long, happy life. We all hate to see others suffer whether they be humans or animals. We all want to leave this world a better place than when we got here in the first place. These are all things that humans yearn for their whole lives! This is called ‘Compassion’ and it’s what makes us all human.

‘The Power of We’ is what we all need to be concentrating on. Not just ‘What is good for me right now?’ but ‘What is good for humanity as a whole?’ When we all start switching our brains from blaming to ‘what can I do to make it better?’ then we will all see that change come about.

There are so many people and organizations today doing so much good under the concept of ‘The Power of We’ that sometimes tears come to my eyes with pride. The problem though is that main stream media doesn’t think it’s news worthy. They would rather report about all the horrific things that are going on then to focus on the good that is happening in the world. We all must remember that what we focus on will become our reality. That’s a truth that has been known for centuries. Go read ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill or any random self improvement book. The theme is always there – what we believe we achieve!

So what can you do? Anything! Do anything that’s positive in this world. Be a positive example in this world. Put your energy into things that improve the world and make it better whether it’s soothing a young child who is being bullied and showing them how to be proud of who they are or it’s planting a garden in your backyard. Just do something positive! Don’t let people bring you down. Don’t let people fill your head with their negative thoughts and beliefs. They are not improving this world. Step up and be an example that shows the world what positive change looks like. Find organizations that are changing the world positively, stand behind them and spread the love. Be a positive example!

As for me personally, I’ve been a member of many positive change organizations over the years from vegetarian groups to animal welfare to environmental groups. Currently I stand behind the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (Click Here to go to their website). Their mission “aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.” They are currently working towards building a sanctuary that will address the issues of bullies and abused and misunderstood animals at the same time as well as building a sustainable farm in Tamminy Parish in Louisiana. They are also very passionate about the environment and conservation. If you would like to learn more or donate to the cause you can CLICK HERE!.

Another local organization that I stand behind is the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. This organization was created to give birds that are unwanted, abused or no longer able to be cared for by their human companions a forever home. It’s not a breeding facility. It’s a true sanctuary where they can just be a bird and fly. They too are currently campaigning so that they can purchase a larger property in order to build a bigger, better facility for their current feathered friends as well as the over 500 others that are on their waiting list. If you would like to learn more about FEBS or donate to their cause CLICK HERE!

These are just two ways that you can help make the world a better, more positive place and harness “The Power of We!” Together we can do so much more! Let’s all stop blaming and looking at the negative and start doing positive things and making our world the world that we want it to be. Be the change you wish to see in the world!

Happy Blog Action Day to you all!

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