“The purpose of life it to matter – to count, to stand for something, to have it make some difference that we lived at all.” – Leo Rosten
This is a powerful quote and got me asking myself the question do I stand for something? Here are a few of the things that I stand for that mean a lot for me. It is my hope you will share and answer the question Do you stand for something in the comments area below?
For me, when I think about my stand for something I feel that there are a list of things that are important for me,health, wellbeing and self care is my first priority, being at the top of my game to help others get to the top of their game. Being at the top of my game has not always been that way. For many years my diet was horrible, there was no exercise, no water, very poor sleep, no silence, no meditation, and again no health. These are the reasons today it is really important for me to stand for something and be able to share that and support those people who are looking for the same.
Here is my stand for something list:
I stand for eating well, organic, local, farm fresh fruits and veggies from our local farmers coop and local grass fed, local meat (beef, pork, poultry). Farm fresh veggies are the most food on our plates at meals, in fact our farmer can not believe how much veggies we get from him every two weeks. He thought we were buying the food and reselling it because it is so much. We actually eat it all ourselves. Veggies or the lack of veggies was the biggest frustration on our trip to Spain earlier this year. Very little veggies are served with meals.
I stand for exercise and it is my commitment to myself to do some activity daily. Walking in my neighborhood, jumping on my rebounder, lifting weights, or doing bodyweight training like push-ups, squats and core training. I do my best to challenge myself, get my heart rate up, and get out of breathe at least 3-4 times per week. This makes me feel alive and I do enjoy the challenge of moving in many different ways over the week.
I stand for drinking water daily. It is my belief that hydration is a top priority in thinking about wellbeing and one of the things that is the easiest to take action on. It is my goal to drink 8 glasses of water a day and most days of the week I reach this goal. When I began implementing this habit years ago it was a challenge because “I didn’t like the taste of water” however today it is my beverage of choice.
I stand for taking time each day to sit in silence and just be with my thoughts. Sometimes my mind races and it is definitely a challenge to be however I simply let myself be in the silence. It really is a golden time of the day. Now there are times where I do guided meditations and that is very different for me than just sitting in silence because there is no objective than to be in that moment. Whatever comes up for me is ok and I am not working on anything. That is what I really find som enjoyable about these times.
I am working on standing for quality sleep because I do realize sleep in the forgotten health benefit. Going to bed earlier, is a big challenge for me and at this point I have only been able to accomplish this one a few times per month. Where I have been focusing on is turning the lights down in the house, turning off the computer earlier so I am not spending time just before bed looking at the computer screen. I do focus on creating a calm, quiet space prior to bed.
I stand for health education by attending and sharing the many health summits that are available today. By reading, attending workshops, and by experimenting with what works for me, then sharing those results. Now the online health summits are a very easy, inexpensive way for anyone to learn from the leading experts. There has been so many important ideas I have been fortunate enough to learn at these online events. It was at The Paleo Summit, where I was listening to Dr. O’Bryan discuss some of the symptoms of gluten sensitivity that change my life. And at The Evolution of Medicine Summit where the most common theme was “diet & exercise” to create a life where your lifestyle is your medicine! Now that is powerful.
What does your stand for something look like? Share your comments in the area below.
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