What I had hoped for when I wrote June’s Ho‘ohana on ‘ÅŒpala ‘ole, was that clearing the clutter for us would open up some space. Space for better things, and for more freedom to pursue them.
What do I mean by better things? The things that dreams are made of, and the goals of work-worthy passions. The work with which we create our destiny, and make some contribution to humanity. The stuff of legacy building, and of making meaning in our world.
What are you really meant to do with your time? What is the burning goal that has been eluding you? In clearing away the other clutter of your life, what’s left that stops you from achieving it? What still stands in your way?
For many of us, it may be that we ourselves are in the way, and what we need is better practice in willpower, tenacity, resilience and self-discipline. So I started to think about what we could all practice together in July that would help us with these things. The more I thought about it, the more I came to one answer: working together on our best possible health.
Our health is the ultimate reality check for us. When you or a loved one are in poor health, every other priority in the world pales in comparison. Yet knowing this, when we are in good health we make the terrible error of taking it for granted. We skip a day’s exercise here or there, and soon we are hardly exercising at all. We eat on the run, and soon we can’t remember when we ate some wholesome food.
I’ve had so many of you tell me that our June clutter-busting has been liberating, and you’ve inspired me with your choosing of some new things to occupy your time with, such as fortifying key professional relationships, and spending these precious days of summer with family. However before you choose too much other newness, I encourage you to invest in your health this month. If you aren’t exercising regularly, eating well, and sleeping as much as you should, use this month’s Ho‘ohana as your encouragement to start. Be sure you fit in a healthy regimen and better lifestyle into whatever personal productivity model you are revamping: its way too important to be left out or neglected.
All this marvelous travel I’ve done has meant too many business lunches and dinners lately. Too many scones and bundt cakes have invalidated any calorie delusions I’ve had sipping my low-fat lattes every morning in coffee houses, and right now I’m packing a few more pounds than I should be. So for me, July will see me back to wearing my pedometer daily to be absolutely sure I get my 10,000 steps or more, and thanks to Hawaii’s wonderful summer weather I’ll be hitting the pavement early each morning. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a very visual person, and those words — willpower, tenacity, resilience and self-discipline — are going up on my refrigerator door so that I eat better.
My goal this month: I will once again do the 5-mile Kilauea Caldera Run & Walk this year on July 30th at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and I’ll be ten pounds lighter than I am now when I do (which is the weight I know I am healthiest at). I’ll be sending in my registration today: if you are on island July 30th consider joining me. All the details are here.
Set your own goal for better health this month. Commit to it by commenting here, and sharing your goal with the Ho‘ohana Community. You’re important to us, and we’re all here to support you.
Have this coming 4th of July weekend be your kick-off to a month-long celebration of good living. Here’s to your good health.
Volcano Wilderness Runs, and the Legend of Makoa.
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