Grandpa’s List

Loving grandfather and grandson

One Thanksgiving, a 10-year-old boy waited patiently as his grandfather blessed the food. Grandpa not only blessed the food, but he also uttered a list of things he was thankful for. The list seemed endlessly long to the little boy, who kept opening his eyes to see if anyone else was doing the same. He was so fidgety he could hardly hold still. He was also really hungry. Grandpa’s list of things he was thankful for included:

  • Grandma
  • The family he was blessed to have, particularly his grandchildren
  • His family’s health
  • The harvest of crops
  • The blessing of his daughter’s pregnancy (and the fact that she was naming her baby boy after him)
  • Good neighbors
  • His country and those who gave their all for it
  • The leaders in government
  • His old farm truck (which was on its last leg)
  • His church pastor
  • The widow who lived at the end of the lane who, despite not having much, always shared her fresh vegetables

After dinner, the little boy asked Grandpa if they could talk. “Of course,” said Grandpa. They went into the garage where Grandpa had his tools and spent so much time. The boy said, “Grandpa, why do you pray so long?”

Grandpa smiled and replied, “Does it seem like a long time to you?”

“Well, kind of,” his grandson said.

“Some things never change,” Grandpa told him. “Good friends, our love for our family, and the freedom we enjoy. When you are as old as I am, your list will be just as long. I’m thankful for all of these things, so I include each one in my prayer.”

Then, Grandpa became quite serious, got up from his chair, and went over to his tool bench. Above it, there were rows of shelves. He got a small stepladder and climbed up until he retrieved an old, green metal box covered with dust. He took a rag and wiped away the dust, then carefully opened the box. Inside were old letters, medals, some old maps, and other items.

“These are some of the things I brought back from World War II when I was a soldier,” Grandpa said. His hands carefully sorted through them, inviting a flood of memories.

They were both silent for several minutes before Grandpa came close to the boy and sat down. “I have something for you,” he said. “Maybe it will help you understand why my prayers are so long.”

He placed a small metal item in the boy’s hand and told him it was a lighter. “I don’t smoke anymore,” Grandpa said, “but in the Army I did.”

On the front of the lighter was an insignia, which Grandpa said represented his Army unit. On the back of the lighter was a dent—almost a hole, except that it had not gone through the other side.

“This was one of the luckiest days of my life,” Grandpa said, pointing out the dent. “We were fighting the enemy deep in the forests of Poland. It was really cold, and everyone was dug down in their foxholes.”

“What happened Grandpa?” the boy asked. “And what’s a foxhole?”

“A foxhole is a hole we would dig in the ground so that one or two of us could get in and hide from the enemy,” Grandpa said. “It was really hard to dig because the ground was frozen.”

“One morning, at first light, a couple of us got out of our foxholes and scouted around to see if any of our buddies had been shot during the night. That’s when I heard rifle fire. I got hit and knocked off my feet. My chest really hurt, and my buddy helped me back to my foxhole.

“We peeled off my layers of clothing, including my thick, heavy wool coat. An enemy bullet had gone through all my layers of clothing until it finally hit my lighter, which was in my shirt pocket. That little lighter saved my life.

“For years I carried it with me to remind me how lucky I was, and how thankful I was for life itself. Sometimes, when I was feeling a little down, I would rub my fingers across the smooth surface and feel the huge dent the bullet had left. It reminded me of all the things I had to be thankful for.

“Now, I want you to have it. And, I want you to remember that you always have something to be thankful for. Gratitude is one of the most important things in life. If we go through life without being thankful, we have missed out on the blessings of life itself. When you’re feeling down, I want you to rub your thumb across that old lighter and think of all the things you have to be thankful for, and all the people that love you.”


This Thanksgiving, or any other time you want a little perspective on gratitude, try taking a few minutes to visit a nursing home. Ask the wonderful people living there what they are thankful for and what matters most to them. Ask them what they treasure. Ask them where they would spend their time if they could spend it again.

If that fails, remember Grandpa’s list and a lighter that stopped a bullet.

And if that doesn’t work, remember: You can spend your life resenting your bald spot, or be glad that you have a head.

The Full-Body Benefits of FiberWise®


When it comes to nutritional health, few ingredients are as beneficial to our bodies as fiber. Fiber is a component of plant foods that is never broken down and absorbed by the body—allowing it to perform important functions that no other food can.

The two forms of fiber, soluble and insoluble, both play important roles in maintaining optimal health:

  • Soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel-like substance during digestion. In this form, it traps excess sugars, fats, and cholesterol as it moves through the intestines, helping sweep them out of the body. It also plays an important role in lowering LDL blood cholesterol and reducing blood glucose levels after eating.
  • Insoluble fiber never dissolves. Instead, it acts like a sponge, soaking up to 15 times its weight in water. Its primary benefit is to provide bulk, which can help promote feelings of fullness while also speeding up the movement of food through the digestive system, promoting regularity.

The All-Purpose Tool for Healthy Weight Loss
Fiber isn’t just a simple, easy way to support your weight loss efforts: It’s also healthy and backed by plenty of research. According to a recent study reported in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers at Brigham Young University followed the eating habits of 252 middle-aged women for almost two years. They found that the women who increased their fiber intake generally lost weight—while those who decreased their fiber intake gained weight.

How does fiber do it? Simply put, it makes you feel fuller. “Fiber has no calories,” explains Larry Tucker, PhD, lead researcher in the Brigham Young study. Filling up on high-fiber foods, he says, crowds out less-healthy foods. And as every dieter knows, when you feel fuller it’s easier to say no to extra snacks, bigger portions and second helpings.

“There is no downside to eating a diet rich in fiber,” fiber expert Joanne Slavin, PhD, RD, says. “And the potential health gains are significant.”

Planning a fiber-rich diet
Lots of foods—from grains to beans to fruits and vegetables—naturally contain fiber. Adding fiber to every meal and snack is easy. Just list the fiber-rich foods you’d enjoy at different times of day, and then substitute them for high-calorie, high-sugar foods in your diet.

Crunch some carrots instead of cookies. Start lunch and dinner with a fresh salad so you’ll feel fuller before the main course. Enjoy a smaller entrée portion on a bed of brown rice. Start your day with a hot, whole-grain cereal topped with apples and strawberries instead of a sugary donut. The possibilities are endless.

The problem: Americans aren’t getting enough fiber
So just how much fiber do you need each day? It’s recommended that women get 21-29 grams and men get 30-38 grams of daily fiber. However, on a daily basis, 95% of Americans are only getting about half as much fiber as they need. That’s nearly everyone.

One way to boost your fiber intake is to increase your consumption of fiber-rich foods. However, while fiber has no calories, the foods that contain it do. The last thing someone watching their weight wants to do is eat excess calories.

The solution: Filling the gap with FiberWise
Want to fill out your daily fiber intake the right way? The solution is simple: Get FiberWise.

Getting all the fiber you need from meal choices alone is challenging for even the most dedicated person. That’s exactly why Melaleuca developed FiberWise. The seven natural soluble and insoluble fiber sources in FiberWise are balanced in just the right amounts to maximize the full-body benefits of fiber—including healthy weight loss support.

While there are plenty of other fiber supplements out there, FiberWise is different. Inside FiberWise is a scientifically balanced blend of seven soluble and insoluble fiber sources that:

  • Promotes healthy weight loss*
  • Supports immunity*
  • Promotes digestive health*
  • May help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease†
  • Collects and sweeps away toxins and waste*
  • Improves regularity*


Evening plans
Here’s a tip from the Vitality: Simple Steps to Weight Loss Plan: Try taking your FiberWise in the evening. Not only will it give you a feeling of fullness to help dampen late-night snack cravings, but it can help dilute your evening meal and sweep out toxins and waste while you sleep.


There’s really nothing comparable to FiberWise on the market. It provides a broad spectrum of fiber benefits you just can’t get from traditional fiber products. In addition to its seven fiber sources, FiberWise also contains a proprietary blend of beneficial vitamins, antioxidants, soothing herbs, and probiotics to make it a truly one-of-a-kind health supplement.

Meet the FiberWise family
For many people, a great-tasting bar is their favorite way to get fiber. Made with full FiberWise goodness, FiberWise Bars are simply scrumptious. Each appetizing bar gives you 10 grams of fiber and is bursting with tasty whole grains, real fruit, and only natural flavors, colors and sweeteners.

FiberWise Bars are enjoyable at breakfast or any time of day, can go anywhere you go, and leave you feeling satisfied. There are four tempting varieties to choose from: cranberry, oatmeal raisin, peach cobbler, and blueberry cobbler.

A delicious, refreshing, gluten-free source of fiber, FiberWise Drink comes in great-tasting orange and peach flavors. A single glass provides 12 grams of healthy fiber to help you meet your optimal daily fiber requirement. And new sugar-free FiberWise Drink—at only 30 calories per serving—now provides a low-glycemic option for those concerned about maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. *

And did we mention how delicious it is? We’re not kidding. Lots of customers are already calling sugar-free FiberWise Drink the best-tasting FiberWise ever. Give it a try! We promise you won’t be missing a thing—especially not the sugar.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

†Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving of FiberWise Drink provides 3.4 grams of this soluble fiber.

5 Ways to Stay Healthy This Winter


The next few months are a wonderful time of year. From watching the first snowfall of the winter to celebrating favorite festive holidays with loved ones, November and December are truly a joy to experience. However, the dropping temperature also means people are going to be spending a lot more time indoors together, and that’s when cold and flu season kicks into high gear.

Nobody enjoys getting sick. The aches and pains, the coughing and runny noses—all of it makes for a truly miserable time. Fortunately, what goes around doesn’t have to come around. Here are six effective ways minimize your risk of getting sick this winter.

  1. Activate-C Immune Complex™. Give your body’s immune system the support it needs with the power of Activate-C Immune Complex. Your body is exposed to millions of pathogens every day, and your immune system is constantly being stressed—especially in the winter. Cold and flu season is when your body can use a natural immunity boost the most.
  2. With a combination of scientifically formulated nutrients designed to help your body’s defenses, Activate-C Immune Complex helps refresh, support, and rejuvenate your immune system.* It comes in two equally effective forms: as a convenient capsule, or as a refreshing Orange Blast drink mix. Both forms contain the power of zinc, vitamin C, and other natural ingredients, making Activate-C Immune Complex a great way to supercharge your immune system.

  3. Flu vaccination. Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself from coming down something this winter. Nowadays, vaccinations are abundant, affordable, and convenient. And if being poked by needles isn’t your thing, you can opt for an inhalable version of the vaccine. And no, you can’t catch the flu from a flu shot. That’s a myth.
  4. Proper nutrition. The American Dietetic Association recommends a healthy diet to boost your body’s defenses and prevent contracting the flu. It’s pretty simple, really: The healthier you are, the stronger your immune system will be. Focus on a diet that provides you with a wide array of antioxidants and nutrients. That means plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats like omega-3s. Stay hydrated as well.
  5. Hand washing. The tiny viruses that cause colds and flus can live on surfaces for hours. Those surfaces include door handles, counters, telephones, other people’s hands, etc.—things you touch all the time. And while you may not realize it, you are constantly touching your nose and mouth. It’s no secret: Want to stay healthy? Wash your hands!
  6. Sleep and exercise. If you take good care of your body, your body will take good care of you. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Sleep deprivation has an adverse effect on immune function, and chronic sleep loss can increase an individual’s vulnerability to infectious diseases.” Research also shows that moderate exercise can boost your immune system. But don’t overdo it: Too much exercise can leave you fatigued and vulnerable to infection.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The Peacemakers


Imagine for a moment the impact you could have on the quality of your life, and the lives of others around you, if you could become a more skillful peacemaker—one who could calm troubled waters before small problems became large problems.

The benefits that come from peacemaking can be enormous. Individually, we enjoy a greater sense of congruency in our lives and experience less stress. In a family unit, which constantly presents opportunities to bring peace, we enjoy more closeness and experience less contention. In a business setting, leadership constantly seeks for leaders who can bring unity and “oneness” in fulfilling the mission of that business.

Past history presents us with a treasure chest of valuable information that comes from studying the lives of great leaders who developed their peacemaking skills, and expanded their circle of influence so greatly that it often affected generations of people. One such leader was Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln embodied in his actions and words a feeling of calm and unity. People who met Lincoln often wrote about how the comforting feeling they had from spending even a few minutes with the president.

On a rainy day in March 1865, four men secretly met aboard the Steamer River Queen in Virginia. These men represented the Union High Command of the Northern states. Their important mission was to find a “path to peace.” The Civil War had raged for over four years, and the costs in loss of life, property, and resources were immeasurable. No war had left wives, mothers, and fathers in such mourning that, as one soldier’s mother observed “heaven could hardly ignore our pain and prayer.”

As the four men solemnly discussed their options, one spoke of his absolute conviction that slavery must forever be abolished. He was equally determined that this “new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” must be preserved. He was Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, and this nation’s 16th president.

When the meeting concluded, and he returned to Washington, he must have felt the weight of the world on his drooping shoulders. All he had known since being elected president were the thunderous sounds of war. The conflict had aged him beyond his years and chiseled deep lines into his gaunt face. Lincoln was weary.

He could not have known that the decisions made that day would indeed bring a quick end to the war. On April 9, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army at the Appomattox Court House. The war was over, slavery was abolished, and the states were once again The United States of America.

We too can capture the spirit and skills that Lincoln acquired in his life to bring peace wherever and whenever he could. In the process, we can enhance our own lives and the lives of those we touch in real and meaningful ways. Listed below are five practical philosophies that guided Lincoln as a peacemaker, which can be of immense value to us if we choose to adopt them.

  1. Seek peace, but not at any price
    Lincoln could have ended the war a number of times and yielded to the enormous pressures to make peace. Yet, he did not until he was certain that he could abolish slavery and preserve the Union. In all circumstances, the only real peace that endures, whether individually or globally is peace based upon timeless unchanging principles.
  2. Seek common ground
    Lincoln constantly chose to emphasize the similarities he had with others. He instinctively knew it was far more productive to help people see their shared truths and dwell on their common ground no matter how small. When that is done, the common ground expands, and mutual trust and understanding follow.
  3. Avoid criticism
    People noted that Lincoln was seldom critical of others. When he had suggestions to make to others about how they could improve their performance, he made those suggestions in private. Because he refused to join with others who were critical of someone who was not there to defend themselves, he sent a silent message to everyone present that they could trust him to also be loyal to them when they were not there.
  4. Follow your mother’s advice
    It may not have been your mother who said it, but someone of influence in your life, or Lincoln’s life, probably did. “If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.” These simple words of wisdom underscore the importance of when to speak and when to listen. Spoken words are so difficult to retract that we always need to weigh them very carefully before we speak them.
  5. Choose not to be easily provoked
    People who wanted to trap Lincoln by getting him into useless arguments always left disappointed. The president simply refused to be provoked. To those who made fun of his awkward appearance, he simply ignored or joined in with them at poking fun at himself. He didn’t indulge himself in “losing his temper” but instead found a greater satisfaction in finding ways to choose his own response to circumstances, people, and conditions.

The Freiburg Study: The findings are profound, but explaining it can be simple.


Though the full, detailed results of the Freiburg Study are available at, explaining it can be simple. As you talk to customers about the Freiburg Study, here are the key points to remember:

  1. The results are profound.
    The landmark Freiburg Study proved—for the first time ever—that nutritional supplements can have a significant impact on multiple health markers in healthy people in as little as 60 minutes.* To our knowledge, no other supplement has ever produced results like these!
  2. The formulas can only be found at Melaleuca.
    Melaleuca’s Peak Performance Pack—the focus of the Freiburg Study—contains a unique combination of six patented or proprietary nutritional supplements.
  3. Improvements were measured throughout the body.
    In healthy study participants, the Freiburg Study showed a significant reduction in:
    • Free radicals
    • Inflammation
    Reducing these two key factors resulted in substantial improvements to major health markers like cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, heart rate, glucose levels, and more.*
  4. The Peak Performance Pack is available in six customized packs.
    • Peak Performance Nutrition Pack
    • Heart Health
    • Bone & Joint
    • Brain Health
    • Metabolic Health
    • Total Health

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Be Part of the Wellness Movement!


Print your own poster!

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They say you can have too much of a good thing. And while that may be true of chocolate ice cream, triple-digit summer days, and Netflix binges, I’ve yet to see how much wellness is too much. The definition of wellness itself encompasses balance and fulfillment in all aspects of our lives. There’s no way to have too much of that!

Recently, Melaleuca customers, business builders, and employees have been sharing their wellness stories on social media using the hashtag #WhyILoveWellness. What a positive message to share. I’ve seen people sharing their stories of reaching health goals. Others have posted about the quality time they spend with their families. And some have even used the hashtag to illustrate the peace of mind they have from using products in their home without harsh chemicals and harmful ingredients. You really can’t have too much wellness.

Melaleuca is The Wellness Company® and everything this company brings to the world is done to enhance lives. Our unique products promote health and vitality, and care for the environment too. Our business practices put family first. And the Melaleuca business opportunity brings an aspect of financial wellness that’s unmatched by other pursuits. There’s not a person in the world who can’t benefit from what Melaleuca has to offer.

Bringing others the tools for a better, healthier life is one of the biggest reasons why we love wellness at Melaleuca. It’s part of our mission to enhance lives! We believe that wellness can take on many forms. It’s personal, physical, financial, and environmental. So whether it’s running a race to raise awareness for an illness you beat, enjoying the peace of mind that comes from living debt-free, or simply having the having the vitality that comes with good nutrition, you love wellness. And we do too!

The opportunity we have to help others has never been greater, and I can’t help but feel we have a certain responsibility to show others how simple reclaiming our lives can be. One of the best ways you can do that is by showing your friends, family, and contacts how YOU live a life of wellness! So print the wellness poster below in your favorite language, and get creative taking photos with it whenever you’re doing things that illustrate why you love your life of wellness. Then share those pictures on social media with ‪#‎WhyILoveWellness‬‬ and be part of the wellness movement as your pictures are linked to countless other snapshots like yours.

Because of Melaleuca, we have a path to complete wellness. It’s attainable. It’s life changing. And best of all, it’s easy to share to help others change their lives too. It’s a ripple effect of the best kind, and it links back to the power of one. There’s plenty of wellness to go around—so be part of the movement, show the world your wellness, and let’s see how many lives we can enhance!

By Senior Vice President of Sales Darrin Johnson