it is that time of the year when I usually schedule time off from the gym and allow my body, joints, and body a few weeks to heal and rest. I conveniently schedule this break at the time when new years comes and the gym business in the USA does a bumper crop of revenue from people who want to lose weight, feel better, and pay for a large membership, yet sadly will perhaps show up for two to three weeks before getting discouraged and quitting. it is about that time that I go back to the gym and avoid the lunacy of the new year rush.
it is also the time when I get some year-end statistics and advise, that appears to be simple common sense and reaffirmation of where our countries health is headed. here are three articles from the morning brainstorm mush:
if you read the two articles you get yet another person writing about productivity in a world so obsessed and busy with obligations that we forget what we are to do. I am feeling like a lame duck in Switzerland when I have to sit and just do nothing, yet, then nothing is things that I gave up in the past as I found them to be a waste of time for moving forward. I have watched more tv in a week than I have in two years. thankfully the European documentaries are far more engaging and interesting than American tv programming. if I had to watch that American version for this time, I probably would have checked out of the planet.
what the article boils down to is you exercise your mind, your body, and you work to overcome the hurtful and wasteful habits that you have somehow allowed to creep into your life, say no to obligations that others want that don’t fit into your path…take the time to focus on yourself in productivity and not wasting time in a world that loves to waste time staring into mobile devices and the last part “persuasion” is best termed salesmanship…of which, I don’t know If I agree much with this, as I have come to have a great respect for “free will” and choice sans manipulation of people. that is where I am now. I guess it comes from this battle to not judge anyone else, but rather myself.
if you flip your view with the judgment that way, you will soon find yourself working full time to change yourself. and with change, I hate to say there is no magic pill, no pain pill, nor a shortcut to the length of time it takes most of us to change. it is a daily effort that over years will produce great rewards, but it is not an instant gratification fix that modern society is telling us is the way to go.
if you need any proof. just look at the movie stars from 25 years ago who had plastic surgery, injected lots of hormones and PED’s and I think it was shot Botox into themselves (a strain of botulism) and look at the reality of aging today. it is sadly like looking at a mask that covers over a real human being. there is nothing that looks real about the folks that simply couldn’t come to grips with either the vanity or insecurity of themselves in life.
the second article touched me in that it was a young woman who had big dreams and then life decided to throw a curved in her straight road. the numbers and statistics she paints a not so rosy picture of the reality of where the USA is heading, and the only people that are going to be happy about it are health care facilities and lawyers. I have talked to too many doctors and health care providers that are quitting because the business of medicine is a bureaucratic complicated mess of paperwork. I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard, “I love the business of helping people, but I have come to hate the business of medicine.”
the lawyers, what can I say, we have 70% of the worlds lawyers and 5% of the world’s population. can we export 65% of them to get a balance of sorts into a system that appears more about wealth and power than equality for all men? when can common sense come back into common law? when can simple “eat well, exercise a bit, get enough sleep” become something people don’t have to be told to do and instead allowing their health to deteriorate one chip or a trip to the fast food shop at a time? I imagine the robotic lawyers that will be the “norm” soon will fill up the courts with lawsuits saying, “you didn’t tell me eating fast food every meal was unhealthy for me!”
folks, wake up and try to change that which has become a bad habit. I get up and pray/meditate each day. why? because it centers me a bit. exercise the joints and also walk a bit each day. why? because your body will appreciate you using it instead of slowly destroying it. exercise doesn’t guarantee you won’t get sick, but it sure does reduce the chances of it and overall you gain energy and stop feeling “tired” all the time. perpetual learning versus watching is another thing that keeps you younger and vibrant…learn something new each day, get a hobby, a passion and life somehow get brighter and you are happier. is it because you aren’t focused on what isn’t right in your life anymore? and yes, get some decent sleep. not too little and not too much…just simple moderation.
the aforementioned paragraph is really how simple life can be. if you want to go for minimalistic – it gets even simpler. it doesn’t mean life gets less goofy, but it does mean that you find a place where you can step back and observe how insane a lot of what man’s behaviors are, and you have a peace in your heart that all is going to work out well. call it common sense living in every uncommon world of stress and seeming unhappiness with people chasing some unattainable reality.
want to hear another funny thing about change and life? you don’t even need to go to a gym anymore…just do bodyweight exercise and over time work yourself into high-intensity training. please don’t try this on your first workout, or you will probably never go back to the gym again.
it is a strange thing at how we usually all put on weight. it is over time, one spoonful, forkful at a time. yet…to lose the same weight we think we can do it in a week. that simply is not reality for any long term change or growth.