Recently I was unsure who the adult really was. Some of us may associate stress in our lives as strictly for the grown ups. But, recently I was taught a wonderful lesson from my ten year old daughter Emma. It all started with some tears and ended with tears, as for the middle, lets just say it was enlightening. My daughter spent a few days at home allowing her body to do what it is supposed to do when it’s fighting of it’s sickness (just a little natural chiropractic thrown in there). It was the beginning of the week and all was back to normal – I thought. It was Monday morning, you know the one where I have to drop my children off at school by 9:00 a.m. and also be at work by 9:00 a.m., I just kissed my son good-bye and told him I loved him and when I turned to the back seat to do the same for my daughter, I noticed her beautiful hazel eyes swollen with tears. I asked what was wrong, and told her I can’t leave her like this. We waited for a few moments but couldn’t quite pin point the problem. I brought her to work and the first break from patients we went for a talk. She reflected on the demands that are put on her from school, friends, teachers, piano instructor, her brother’s hockey schedule, parents and of course herself. We talked about the feelings she has inside. They include lowliness, sadness, embarrassed and angry that she even felt this way. Then I asked the hardest question of my life. I felt the emotion stir inside of me. I remember asking myself the same type of question, over the course of my own life, in a round about way. You know the same question when life gets crazy, hectic and out of control. I asked her if she felt it would be easier if she was just not around at all. She hesitated for a moment, unsure how she should answer and just nodded her head up and down. I gave her a big smile as the tears began to run down my own cheek and told her me too. I told her everyone feels like this at some time. I could see the wait lift off her shoulders immediately. I told her that her feelings were very normal and that she is not alone in having them. I told her that I was proud of her ability to talk about them and that I learned a lot about myself today. We also talked about when our body gets run down physically for a few days that it is normal. But, when our mind or spirit gets run down it’s not O.K. We must push on and persevere. If we are weak in mind then we must be weak life. However, this is not the case. We are stronger people to be in touch with our spirit and recognize when we are experiencing a “Spirit Flu”. Your health is a balance of MIND – Body – Spirit and each one is as important as the other. When you feel overwhelmed like a child and nothing seems right, you may not have a cough or fever but your Spirit may be sick. Read this story twice and call me in the morning.