Permission Granted

Roger Bannister about to cross the tape at the end of his record breaking mile run at Iffley Road, Oxford. He was the first person to run the mile in under four minutes, with a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. (Photo by Norman Potter/Central Press/Getty Images)

The story of Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile record is terrific. In 1954, this was a seemingly impossible barrier, but not to Roger.

Not to Roger, and not to the cascade of runners who followed him. Once he crashed through the wall, others quickly snuck through, eventually rendering the previously insurmountable limit a mere speed-bump.

I didn’t think of this; I believe it was the late Wayne Dyer. He said that Bannister’s athletic achievement was wonderful, but that the feat’s real value was that it gave others the permission to run that fast.

He gave others permission.

Makes me ponder just what permissions I am waiting for.

Workout With Purpose

Here’s a great business idea:

Pay me to stop you joining a gym.

That’s right. You can save money by paying me to tell you not to join any kind of fitness club. I’ll take 5% of what you would normally have paid in your lifetime for memberships, and you will be much richer as a result.

How does this work?

Well, in two ways.

1. The health club membership business works because most people (more than 75% according to the people I talk to) fail to use even a fraction of the time or facilities their memberships allow. Those folks subsidize the owners’ profits and the other 25%.

2. If you increase your household cleaning, yard work and household maintenance even a fraction, you will get a calorie-burning workout. Put some elbow grease into cleaning the shower, add some vim to your floor cleaning. Look! You have now burnt off more of your breakfast, given your body a real-world stretch and burn, and have a clean and tidy house into the bargain.

Of course, the truth is that you are unlikely to get the kind of intensive weight-bearing exercise you need to keep yourself in strong shape by ramping-up your chores. You will need to get out and walk, take a bike ride, get a kettle-bell (and use it) or get a weight set (and use it too.)

However. As a money-saving measure, most people would be far better off giving me their 5% to prevent them signing on at the gym, and saving the other 95%.

Refusing Lip Service

I am guilty of this as much as anyone, and have fewer excuses.

Yes, my name is Tim, and I have stated that my health is the most important element of life…and then gone on to demonstrate otherwise.

Yes, truisms are corny, but it is true that without health, life is tenuous. I’m gonna roll out the cliché now;

If you have your health, you have everything.

Sorry, I had to do it.

Health is easy to overlook, and most of us do so. Keeping healthy requires a conscious decision to make good choices every day, viz: eating the right amount of the right stuff; exercising; keeping stress at bay, etc. You – like I – know all this stuff, but good decision-making slips down our priorities list whenever our attention diverts elsewhere.

My decision from now on is to stop giving short shrift to my health. I will focus on one area at a time to create a habit of good decisions.

My focus today is my heart and keeping it healthy.

Don’t Panic

Swim or walk?
Swim or walk?

 

Have you ever felt disconnected from things, like a bystander on the bank of a river? Did you ever think that you just don’t know where to start? Did it feel overwhelming to get back on that horse that just bucked you? Don’t feel alone. I’m certain that we all feel like that at some point. Life simply isn’t a continual understandable progression. It’s choppy, and sometimes non-linear and oftentimes mysterious.

That mysterious part is a good thing. The way the universe works and the the way we move through it is a mystery. It’s complicated and chaotic, beautiful and fulfilling, exasperating and bewildering. We can turn up the volume on life, or hide from it. Amplifying our lives means we’ll get more of the good, and probably more of the other stuff too.

The question of why we have good and bad in our life will occupy us until the end of time. When times are bad, we’ll question…everything. When times are good, we won’t. Good and bad can only exist because of the other. It’s the difference between them that differentiates one from the other. Without light there can be no shadow. Without shadow, we don’t understand the light.

When times appear tough, there seems to me only one thing to do: keep going. Simply by placing one foot after the other, we make progress. It might not seem like much, but the simple act of walking affirms life. In fact, the best thing you can do is go for a walk. The rhythm is both soothing for the heart, and good for the spirit.

Tomorrow, after all, is a new day, and change is always around the corner.