Many of you may have wondered why I named my golden retriever Gatsby. After all, it’s not very traditional, but it suits him perfectly. As a high school teacher my all-time favorite novel to teach was The Great Gatsby, which truly illustrates the American dream, particularly the symbolic green light at the end of Daisy’s dock.
Stress gets a bad rap. Most times when people mention stress…being stressed…something being stressful…it’s used in a tone which indicates stress is bad and that’s actually a falsehood. Not all stress is bad!
Recently, a friend of mine was packing for a trip. Along with the usual necessities of clothing, shoes, and toiletries, she also had her carry-on bag. In her bag was her laptop, Kindle, iPod, tablet, and cell phone. Of course that also meant 3 different chargers and 2 sets of ear-buds. She was going to be gone for two weeks.
Summer is in full swing and the month of August is prime vacation time. If you’re getting ready to hit the road, you may be wondering how to keep your figure in check on your travels. I’m about to embark on a fun European adventure, but I’m still committed to keeping up with my lifestyle and you can too.
As all of my family and friends will attest, I absolutely love my birthday!! As a child it revolved around presents and being the center of attention (ok that hasn’t exactly changed), but as I’ve gotten wiser I’ve discovered that each new year brings with it an exciting opportunity for new beginnings and adventures. During this season, I enjoy taking stock of my life and clearing out all of “my junk.”
This past week I’ve felt extremely dispirited. My beloved Gatsby, who has been in-and-out of the vet this past month, had surgery. I’ve also been dealing with some personal struggles and it all overwhelmed me.
We now arrive at the 12th and most important principle of wellness: live with passion. Instead of giving you my usual wellness tips, I thought I would share a story about two people who truly embody this principle. And as luck would have it, they happen to be my parents, who after 40 plus years have shared quite the adventure together.
Remember that old adage: you don’t have to go it alone! My whole life I’ve immensely admired the wonderful friendship my Mom shares with her two soulmates Pam and Jeanne. This dynamic threesome have stood together through thick and thin, and brought immense joy and lots of laughs to each other’s lives.
Living with gratitude is at the heart of the 12 Principles of Wellness. I love this quote from Hall of Fame baseball player Wade Boggs: “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”
I began our wellness discussion by talking about the importance of eating whole foods, but “spiritual nutrition” is just as essential and can feed us on a deeper level. As Dr. Andrew Weil said, “the essence of spirituality is connectedness; an inner sense that we are not random, isolated creatures but part of something sacred and infinitely larger than ourselves.” Spirituality fosters positive relationships, higher self-esteem, a sense of optimism and meaning or purpose in life.