“Open Mind or Oh My Aching Back”


I have to ask myself sometimes, “Would I rather be right or  happy? Would I rather be part of the problem or part of the solution?  Would I rather have an open mind or an aching back?”  Today I would rather be happy, to be part of the solution, and to have an open mind.

In the fall of 2001 I was introduced to Lavender oil by my sister Terry and I did not have an open mind.  Terry had purchased a kit of essential oils from Young Living and was she just so excited!  I was just so annoyed.

My only experience with essential oils was with a bottle of peppermint I had gotten at a bath and body shop.  The sales girl had said, “Don’t ingest it and don’t put it on your skin.”  I purchased it and it sat on my bathroom vanity.  If it couldn’t be worn or ingested what could I do with it?  It collected dust.  

When Terry suggested that I put Lavender oil on my lower back to alleviate discomfort, I told her that I didn’t think she knew what she was doing. Then she told me I could put drops of Peppermint and Lemon oil in my water and I thought she had really lost it.  I thought she was crazy. I didn’t know that she had found a source for essential oils that was healthy, and superior to any on the market.  I didn’t understand that Young Living’s was a whole different breed of oil than the one I had purchased at the mall.

While at Terry’s house one Saturday evening I complained that my foot was hurting me.  Out she popped with her bottle of Lavender and said, “Please let me put a couple of drops on it!”  I did, and the rest is history.  And happily today, having just gone through a period of back injury, I am supporting my body beautifully with Young Living oils. 

I have always thought of myself as an open minded person, but in reality there are times when, well, not so much.  It took over a month of watching my sister use these oils before I would give them a chance.   Now, thirteen years later, healthy and financially free because Young Living also offers a wonderful business opportunity, I am beyond grateful that I did.  Allowing Terry to drop this pure, beautiful oil on my skin changed my life, and the life of my son.

I like to reflect on this experience.  It helps me to remember to look for other areas where I may not be alive and really listening.  It serves to remind me that I will truly always have so much to learn.  Today this truth excites me.  As the saying goes, “The mind is like a parachute…it works best when it’s open.”

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Debbie July 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I remember being that dubious too and now after getting off 15 meds—not so much


Maureen Quigley July 25, 2013 at 12:39 am

How wonderful for you Debbie!


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