Sharing Good Ideas
Having lost my bride (see picture on "Coming Soon!" page) I can tell you that good health is precious. Nothing can take its place! She and I had frequently discussed the issue of medicine, food and the value of the art of prevention as one hope for decreasing the prospect for pharmaceuticals. Calling me a health nut does not hurt my feelings, knowing that the best of anything is not the most popular practice. The Road Less Traveled by the late psychiatrist, M Scott Peck took its title from Robert Frost who reminded us of the importance of wise decision making in life. It's easy to follow the crowd and sometimes lonely to take the less traveled road but the choice is worth the discipline.
I recently purchased The Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle, an Alternative Daily publication. What grabbed my attention instantly was a quote by Henry David Thoreau, "A man may esteem himself happy when that which is his food is also his medicine." There are many things we can and should avoid but also many things we can do in the nutrition area to promote good health. More and more people are beginning to understand and act on incorporating the wise old theory of prevention (see Sep. 17, 2017 post below) is better than cure. Watch for a short article (soon to come) about moving toward organics as one way to improve nutrition. In the mean time, let's decide to spend more money on enjoying a better diet in the war on ill health rather than secumbing to the last resort by saying, "Doctor, fix me". We can enjoy the former and maybe avoid the latter. I think of my body as the "temple of the Holy Spirit" and feeding it takes on an added meaning and dimension.
Which of us have not been inspired by some young child making adults think? Even the "Master Teacher" spoke of children in a positive way. You may recall Art Linkletter's kid program parlaying funny and wise comments which made us laugh a few decades ago.
I just came across an inspirational story of a 13 year old boy who built a complete tiny home for $1,500. Some of you may recall a short article on this website in which my interest in underground or subterranean housing began in about the mid-1970s. This tiny house concept is also one of my interests because of economy and a great and welcome expression of cool ideas.
You have access to another treasure in my list of "Best of the Best Websites" on the "Coming Soon!" page at the very bottom (www.clark.com). The story is a "breath of fresh air" in our day of negative events demonstrating why I was glad to get past the "teenage years" in my strict upbringing. Feel free to share your interesting story with me on this website. Who knows how much your valuable service may mean to others in the future?
We've yet to find a better way to start a conversation than by asking questions. One of my writing mentors directs his students to turn subjects contained in book writing into questions. Simply ask a pertinent question for each idea you want to present. The method of bringing our thinking to the forefront seems to work well. It is a good sales technique to answer a question with a question. Well, what about bringing this, "asking questions" habit before you start the day. Ask, for example, "How can I best use my time and energy today?" With a little discipline and thinking about what you would like to accomplish you might find that your day will go very well. Socrates popularized the question and answer method as a way of eliciting truth about one's self.
The old bromide, "Practice makes perfect" is simply not true...at least in my case! You see I'm always practicing something. Even doctors "practice medicine". Who's perfect? Not me! How about you? Can you tell me you are perfect? The truth is better served by altering the statement thusly: "Perfect practice makes perfect". Then I have to work on perfect practice. I don't give up because at least I'm getting better. As Mt. Everest climber, Edmond Hillary is reported to have said, "Mt. Everest, you can't get any bigger, but I can". Emerson's "flywheel of habit" says that habits have their own momentum. Change bad habits to good ones and let nature usher you to greater heights. This is consistent with practicing for excellence. But perfection...just may never be! However, "If you shoot for the stars you'll never end up with a handful of mud".
Humans have the unique ability and advantage over all other creatures to think, plan and outwit all other creatures. We all can think of creatures which can harm us if we're careful and stay out of life threatening dangers. Although the animal kingdom is repleat with preparation instinct which comes naturally the human mind gives us the greatest advantange to create outcomes. Consider maximizing this feature. The old adage, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is highly effective but habitually overlooked. It seems to be with health that many lose it before they realize they could have prevented a miserable, inconvenient and/or unnecessary fate.
Wisdom suggests that we think ahead and work on the prevention of deterioration to a large degree. It is the best and most cost effective insurance. It may cost us in time and discipline but the dividends are worth the extra effort and proactivitity. Rather than offend anyone's ego, may I suggest a daily habit of practicing the prevention of what we dread? Abstain from bad habits. Learn all you can about the effects of lifestyle on health. Watch food intake and adjust in favor of good nutrition. Always remember and apply the principle of self control. You can do it. I've been doing it for years. It pays to program our lifestyle with preventive measures. Share with me some examples of how you manage this wonderful idea of heading off what you don't want to happen.