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The Gift: A Parable

There once was a man who was given a rare and precious diamond. It was the most valuable gift that anyone had ever received since the beginning of time. Not really knowing what to do with such great wealth, the man decided to keep the priceless gem in an old shoe box — just until he could make up his mind how best to use it. The box was stored in the farthest recesses of an overstuffed closet, where moisture and rodents quickly destroyed the box and stole its contents away.

The man in this story is like so many of us, for each of us has been given a gift of great value, more valuable than any gift given since the beginning of time. That gift is a fine mind. The majority of us don’t respect such great wealth, taking it for granted, and not really knowing what to do with it, we store it in a flimsy old (or many times, young) body. We know that we can protect the body by packing it deep within an overstuffed chair, where beverages, of various persuasions, and video organisms quickly destroy its contents and steal them away.

The mind is limited in its ability to perform by the body. While the mind may create many glorious thoughts and ideas, it is dependent upon the body to translate those innovations into reality. The more efficient the body, the more efficient the performance of the mind. It seems, then, that those who are concerned with training and educating the mind must be equally concerned with increasing humankind’s knowledge of how to train and educate the body. To demonstrate a lack of interest in, or contempt for, health and physical education and exercise physiology (a core science in learning how human beings perform), is to publicly admit to storing gems in cardboard boxes.

Remember to be good to you!

Copyright © 2013 by Gary L. Flegal, Ph.D.

Dr. Gary Flegal is a Behavioral Medicine and Health Specialist with a doctorate in “Health Education and Human Performance” from Michigan State University. He is an exciting and accomplished presenter and keynote speaker, presenting seminars for groups and companies on location and at conventions. His advanced training in stress management came to him while working in affiliation with the original Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard under the direction of Herbert Benson, M.D. and his staff. In addition to corporate presentations, Dr. Flegal keeps a busy schedule working with individual clients for a variety of stress-related issues, including anger management, quitting smoking, learning to relax and manage stress, and learning self-hypnosis.

Dr. Flegal’s other passion is magic. He has been a professional magician for over 30 years and continues practicing his art at every opportunity. These two passions work together beautifully as he illustrates stress management concepts with fun, visual, and “magical” demonstrations in his stress management workshops and seminars. It also allows him to share stress management with his magic audiences wherever he goes because “Laughter is the Best Medicine!” Gary is a Reiki Master and a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists.

Dr. Flegal’s specialties include stress management, anger management, positive behavior change, insomnia, smoking cessation, and exercise physiology. For individual appointments, speaking engagements, or more information, contact Gary at Professional Stress Management Services in Nashville, Tennessee, at (615)812-7280 or through his Web site:

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Stress can cause severe health problems if not managed properly. In extreme cases stress can lead to physical symptoms which can even cause death. While stress management techniques have been shown to have a positive effect on reducing stress, the information on this website is for guidance only. Readers should seek the advice of suitably qualified health professionals if they have any concerns over stress-related illnesses or if stress is causing significant or persistent unhappiness. Health professionals should also be consulted before any major change in diet or levels of exercise.
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