Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Are you sitting at your computer with a phone, tablet, or notepad?
Or are you seated on a couch with a printed something-or-other as the TV is blaring news, gossip and ads?
Are you seated at the kitchen table, dining table with something to eat?
Even if you're out in the world, visiting, conferencing, waiting for doc, lawyer, accountant, or friend -- you're relaxed, kinda taking it easy with furniture supporting you.
Probably your back is rounded, and your head is thrust forward -- yes, you're an S.
In fact, everyday, most of the day you are an S, not an up and down vertical body.
If you don't fight it, you'll lose.
Be tall every time you get up to get anything, every time you head for the bathroom, or go into another room -- chin high, fold your hands behind your back as if you're pacing, but smile -- be jolly, perky, peppy like um ... a ... lollypop.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Put on your survival hat, and travel down the winding road in an auto, on a bike, on foot, or donning your wings.
Hey, "if you come to a fork in the road, take it." That's what Yogi Berra said.
Why? Probably it's what Berra learned from doing what he did in baseball.
If you don't move down the road, maybe it's because you don't know where the road might be taking you. Even so, take a step, then another, and see whatever is there to see -- the yellow line, cracks in the road, rocks along the side, or maybe the foliage. Look beyond the trees, as you wonder (wonder but don't worry) where you are going.
Here's a remark to remember: "A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it," said Jean de la Fontaine,17th Century French poet whose fables are still quoted nowadays.
Travel lightly -- don't pack all your clothes, your mementos, your special favorite things. The less you carry with you, the easier it is to take strong steps and get from where you are, to another place where you can pause and look around.
Ayn Rand said, "People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it -- walk."
Okay, if you're tired, you can't help recalling other long walks that led to empty spots and dead-end places where time was wasted looking for ways to get out, or ways to back out while traveling slowly backwards.
Hey, even moving backwards you are progressing. Back, sideways, forward, or up or down is progressing -- it's life's exercise.
You could quote Hawking, Einstein, Margaret Thatcher, Buddha -- a lot of major thinkers talk about the roads we travel on. You could sing that song:
"Life is a winding road,
with many twists and turns.
You must make the right choices,
or you will crash and burn.
There is always a chance,
the wrong choice will be chosen.
But do not fret, and do not fear.
The right choice you will hear.
Life is a winding road,
with many different choices.
Be careful what you choose,
for there are many different voices."
Yes, sing but don't judge, attach praise, or fears, or definitions. Be there. Just be there as you go.