As I browsed the pages of facebook this morning I see post after post of my clients who are rising to the challenge of resisting the seemingly inevitable demise associated with aging. While it is certainly true that we will change as we get older, the most important factor in the health, vitality, and ultimately in the quality of our lives is not locked away in our DNA. In fact, it is through our choices of how we will live our lives, how we will face the obstacles of our days that determine its quality.
The challenge I referred to is that of committing to the belief that we are every bit as important as the other variables in our life. Not secondary to our jobs, our friends or our families but rather of primary importance. If you do not care for yourself and for your potential, who will? Like Aesop's story of the goose that laid the golden egg. Rather than a moral against greed, though related. I argue ours is against selfishness. If we continue to take more and more from the goose until it has nothing left to give us what do we have in the end? In today's story you are both the goose and its owner. And if you are not continuously nurturing and caring for yourself, you are selfishly slaughtering the goose of your own potential. To what cost? What could your better health do for your energy and mood? How could you use more quality years in your life? How much more could you help those you are dedicated to? How much more could you serve the causes that inspire you?
I thank those of you who have raised the bar of consciousness for me and others this morning in your celebrations not of completing the Tough Mudders and Ironman Triathlons, or even of smaller pursuits but of your demonstrations of what is possible when you are committed. Today you are thriving and inspiring us with new life. How will we respond to your call to action?