This is probably my tenth attempt at a blog. Thus far I have given up on all of them. The posts for the past blogs ended in 2001, 2004, 2008 etc. But this one will be different. Because this blog will not be about solely what I know, but more importantly, what I believe.
I've spent the better part of 33 years (which I realize is not that long) trying to convince people that I know things. Knowledge is king, knowledge is power. The stink of it is, as anyone who knows anything can testify, the more you know, the less you understand... therefore, the more you must believe. If you don't believe, then all your greatest knowledge could be worthless - which would basically mean you're full of shit. O.o !
Fortunately I don't believe I'm full of shit, quite the contrary, I believe what I know is extremely valuable - therfore it must be (more on this idea in later posts).
What I do believe is that what I know must be molded and balanced in a manner that incorporates
Five Aspects of Healthy Life:
Physical, Spiritual, Emotional, Social, Financial
- I'm not the first to define happiness this way, and I'm sure I wont be the last. Many religions, busness practices, self help books, personal advisors, gurus, poltentates, and other such sooth-sayers tout the balance of life. In the posts following, you'll find my comments on my balance - some will be related to exercise, some not - but as a whole, balance puts a smile on my face and drives me to encourage others to find the same balance every day.
The Five Aspects Defined:
Your physical self defines how your body fits within your environment. Your body should not only be visually pleasing to you (although that is part of it), it must also function well in the tasks you ask of it on a regular basis. Proper physical health requires appropriate exercise, nutrition and rest, but also humility and objectivism to understand that your physical self is not the embodiment of enyone else - your's is uniquely dependent upon you!
This is my recent favorite. Spiritual health is particularly fun for a person who thinks he is smarter than everyone else because when it comes to spirituality, you realize that you not only know nothing, but that fact doesn't matter that much either. Being spiritual does not necessarily mean your have to be religious. Spiritual health means you recognize that you don't know everything, will never know everything, and are comfortable with the unknown - particularly two things you will never know: what it is like to be someone else, and death. Spiritual health is mental peace and self actuated comfort which can be studied, but never taught.
Emotional health is mostly about your brain and your heart and how the two interract - or if they do at all. Do you feel like you have control over your life? Do you know what makes you happy? unhappy? Do you recognize that you cannot and have no business trying to make anyone else control their life in the same manner as you? Do you love someone for their emotional well being rather than their pecs, butt, wallet, or ability in bed? Emotional health is both the ability to love, and to accept being loved unconditionally - it's much more difficult than it sounds.
Humans are social animals. My belief structure leads me to conclude that we are all connected cosmically, though scientifically through mass and energy interrelatedness. If you are not physically, spiritually, and emotionally comforable with yourself, it is very difficult to be socially healthy because it is likely you feel yourself unworthy of trusting social interaction. Being socially healthy means accepting those around you for who they are, not who you want them to be and recognizing that those around you will accept you for who you are - not some amalgum of who you think you should be.
This is a modern aspect of health and happiness and it directly affects how we live our lives in the 21st century. One thing must be clear - financial health does not mean having lots of money! It does, however, mean being comfortable with your personal sense of value enough to recognize that when money is utilized as the exchange method for your self worth versus someone elses, that those two monetary values are close to equal. Financial health is also about responsibility to live within your means - recognizing the difference between that which you need and that which you want and putting appropriate priorities where they belong. Further, if you are lucky enough to have a lot of money, then you have the responsibility to manage your greater access to resources to help others advance their own self worth, rather than greedily hording.
At times I know these thoughts will sound "preachy". And they should. As trainers and fitness professionals, we live in a world every day where we get to go to work and help people play to make better lives for themselves - they want to hear from us, to know how we do it. I believe we have a responsibility to enlightent everyone we can to the opportunity that good health and happiness afford a person in their life. So here begins my blog, wrought though inspiration and perspiration to give you all an understanding of why I feel my life is so fulfilled - and everyone can have and deserves the same feelings...
PS: I welcome your comments, questions, and criticisms - the more you make me examine my understanding of the world, the more we both grow as human beings!