Guest blogger: Shawn M. Connors, The Best C+ Student in the Wellness Biz
As the Best C+ Student in the Wellness Biz, I am always observing and learning. Here are 20 thoughts on health, life and wellbeing. I hope they bring a smile, chuckle, and a nod of the head at their truth.
- When I hear someone speculate if there is other intelligence in the universe, I often think the word “other” is not needed.
- I’ve come to the earth-shattering conclusion that some things are just hard to do, and some people are just too lazy to do them. Maybe Nike’s slogan, “Just Do It,” is so popular because what else really is there to say?
- If you hear a statistic that doesn’t sound right just apply your knowledge of simple math and work out the validity of the claim on the back of an envelope. You’ll uncover a world of widely accepted nonsense by numbers that invalidate themselves after a rudimentary quick check. That takes critical thinking, and a curious disposition. Those are two traits worth demonstrating to our kids.
- A friend of mine says, “Some days all I think about is myself.” That reminds me of the joke about the narcissist who said, “That’s enough about me, let’s talk about what you think about me” during a job performance interview. So anyway, that’s one of my favorite jokes.
- What “junk food” would you not eat if you were starving on a deserted island? If you list one thing you would not eat, you’ve never experienced what it’s like to starve. Maybe some foods we eat have too much saturated fat, sugar, etc. But I’d rather have the challenge of trying to thin-up an obese world than feed a starving one.
- I love reading biographies. I must say, “You couldn’t make this stuff up” a couple hundred times during each one. The take-away from reading biographies is how much our lives change trajectories from the smallest of events, and how a single person’s passion can really change things.
- How many online automatic agreements have you agreed to that pledged half of your retirement savings to someone else upon your 65th birthday? You really don’t know, do you?
- The toughest person I’ve ever known was also one of the most soft-spoken, gentlest, and compassionate of people. It’s a beautiful thing when this Yin and Yang finds a balance in the form of a person.
- When someone tells me this (fill-in-the-blank) is the worst ever, I know they have either been misinformed or have lived an uninformed life.
- I met a new friend recently. He was new because he was just born. I told him he was going to notice big changes in me in the coming months. I’ll bet I see big changes in him too.
- When someone tells me they don’t have the motivation to exercise I think they will also never know the miracle of compound interest. To experience the fruits of either exercise or compound interest you must have discipline in your life. And time.
- For the whole first half of my life I was totally ignorant of what the weather was doing in Oklahoma City. Now when too much information is coming in, I go out of my way not to hear what the weather is doing in Oklahoma City, but I wish everyone there beautiful weather.
- I listen with interest to the heated debates about climate change. I am a believer, by the way. But it seems the top two ways to combat it are not to have kids and not to eat red meat. Imagine a politician advocating for that policy.
- Have you noticed a dog knows when you need a friend to be near you, before you know it.
- Wellness is not the absence of disease. It’s the freedom to enjoy life. Some of the most well people I know have big health challenges, but their spirit and joy more than compensate for their other daily challenges.
- Wisdom is awe inspiring to witness even if you can’t experience it yourself.
- When you pick up a piece of someone else’s discarded trash you start becoming part of the solution. Civility, manners, and respect dominate the less favorable characteristics of the human condition simply because most people do wake up each morning and are determined to be part of the solution, and not the problem.
- Pessimism and optimism are not balanced equivalents. Optimists are usually on the right path more than pessimists. I am not talking about artificial, balloon-type optimism, but the determined kind, that embraces the realistic and still knows the world will be better tomorrow regardless of the challenge.
- I am taking bets you don’t win the lottery this week. Someone will, but not you. Now that’s being realistic.
- My father use to say there are basically two distinct types of people in the world. A person is either a giver or a taker. I’ve found that observation to be true. Only a giver could read 20 random thoughts on health and life. Carry on.
Here’s one more: My favorite booklet of all time – 101 Most Wonderful, Humorous, and Inspiring Quotes on Life and Health. Feel free to enjoy!