I was just thinking...
Thursday, March 13, 2008
This week I have been out straight at work. On top of that, on Monday afternoon I got a call from a local newspaper reporter asking me to comment on the death of a local man which she assumed I had heard about, and I had not, so I was really thrown for a loop. This man was a precinct warden at our city elections, which I oversee, and which is why I was one of the people this reporter was calling. But he was so much more than my most dependable, helpful warden. He was a pillar of our community who was the caretaker of our library and two of our city's historical landmarks. He was a man who, with his wife, was at every community event, lending his support and his help. He was a member of the city historical commission in our city. He was never too busy to give you a smile and a wave and a big hello. He was always at the other end of his cell phone, even when I'd call him and he was at the beach on vacation. He'd just laugh at my horror at bothering him on vacation, give me a weather update from the beach, and ask what I needed. He died Sunday night after going out for a walk with his wife, coming home, telling her he didn't feel good, sitting in a chair and that was it.
Upon reflection after experiencing these events, I have several things to say about life and its management. One: life is too short to worry about the small stuff, we never really know when our last moment will be, so we'd better be doing something good with every moment. Two: it is never too soon to start doing the best we can to take care of our bodies, sometimes it is totally not in our control what will happen to us, but we sure can play the odds. Three: as important as it is to do two, above, it is equally important to find BALANCE, meaning not to become obsessive over anything, up to and including this push for a healthy me. I have been so relaxed this week about just making good choices and finding opportunities to move more than I have been, that I've had a really good week.
This confirms my belief that, for me, a healthy program and one that I am most likely to succeed at includes NOT talkiing about it all the time. I hate it when I'm in a place and all anyone talks about is this new diet they're on. And, interestingly, I hate it most when I AM DOING THE RIGHT THINGS.
I have spent much of the last 25 years trying to figure out why I feel this way, and have never come up with an explanation that I thought made sense. But what I decided this week, after spending LESS time thinking about making good choices and getting some exercise and doing more of both, is that I'm NOT going to think about it anymore, I'm just going to go with it... so away I go!!!!