Let me tell you – I’m on a mission – going to 50 states is really big deal to me. I haven’t been much of a traveler the last 15 years, but I’m intense in my never ending search of trying to find amazing people to talk to. Hey, I rarely have to look very far to find those interesting people.
Since I’m driving cross country – heading through Iowa, Wisconsin, upstate New York and the rest of New England – damn, I’ve bitten off a lot, but I love it, still feeling my way – just letting my intuition run wild … called a chiropractor and stopped off at his office to continue my mission to – Meet People, Make Friends and See if I can Help Make a Difference in People’s Lives.
From minute one, I was impressed with John Sutanto, who has come out of retirement to Gallup, with his wife Eleanor who is from Zuni, from where he practiced for 28 years in the Chicago area.
I asked him … what do you find the most fulfilling about starting again after retirement?
“I found my emotional and intellectual balance.”
He said he was okay in the physical, but you have to be challenged in your mind … have to be challenged, so you have to be always seeking and learning. In his chiropractic practice, he knows that it’s always a learning process, even for him 28 years later. He always learns something every time and that’s how he’s able to grow and better himself and that learning process should never stop until the day you die.
What would you like to have more of in your life?
Well that’s a really hard question to answer. A lot of people says being happy … is more, but to me happiness is very generic term. It means something different for everybody – for the drunk, happiness is to have a drink; for the beggar, that might be is to get some money; for the homeless, happiness to have a home. To me, it’s more like to achieve that ‘balance in life’. Balance is the middle way, yes, the middle way. That means – not too much, not too little, all just in the right balance. Keeping the balance is just like the eye of the hurricane. There’s nothing there, but surrounded by powerful forces around them. You have to remain still, in the middle of it and that’s good. That’s really good.
If you ruled the world for one day, what would you advocate or have everyone do?
“That’s a challenge to answer.”
First of all, Sutanto would not force anybody do things that they did not want to do. He respects free agency in choice and personal responsibility, but yet he thinks it’s so important to impose a self-control, because greed is the cause of a lot of pain and suffering. Also being ignored is education – ignorance is also the main cause of the pain and suffering – so education is the key to good. People get better lives when being informed.
I think Sutanto would also be open to talk with anyone who could show him how he could learn new things… like make more money without devoting a lot of extra time to the business. There’s always excitement about ‘living the dream’ that could come to anyone … just by turning spending into earning.