It was a beautiful day in the Heartland today. Mom and I had haircuts, and I picked her up. She’s quite a bit slower and it’s harder for her to see and hear, but she’s better than I expected. It’s been 12 weeks since she had a haircut, so she needs a perm next time. It will be late in January when we go next time. How time has flown.
She has decorated her home once again for Christmas. Most of it was others helping her, but she did a great job so she doesn’t see or hear well at all. She has learned how to get music channels on her cable subscription, so she’s delighted she can listen (when she can hear!) It’s a whole new world for her, at 92. We should all be that lucky!
In my reading for the day, it’s stated, “Health and cheerfulness mutually beget each other.” How great is that? The conditions of our bodies kind of dictate how we see the world; generally speaking, the healthier we are, the more cheerful we are. We live in those bodies, whatever shape they are in. Your thoughts can be dictated by how healthy you are, just as the amount of patience we have, and the mental capacity to concentrate, and our capacity of emotional management. Yes. It’s all affected by our health and sense of well being.
How much exercise do we get? It’s directly affects our energy. We know that. How much exercise do we get? I know, it’s hard this time of year. I walked about six blocks yesterday, by parking far away from a UPS Store. It was about as much as I could handle, with the amount of deterioration in my spine. It was plenty. I felt the best during the summer while I was doing squats. I need to resurrect them and keep it up. My knees rarely hurt, and I had more stamina. I have to do what works.
We aren’t just a mind, heart, or body. We need to have them all acting together to be whole. If we abuse any part of us, we don’t perform at peak performance. It’s a pity when that happens. We live longer when our body and mind are in tip top shape; unless we have diseases like cancer, heart disease, or other incurable diseases. Mom is an example of that for sure. She made it a point to walk, exercise, eat right, and take good care of herself. She still has had a few strokes, but despite that she’s done well for 92 years old. She’s outlived Dad by 33 years. He was only 64 years old when he died of lung cancer. Many of his co-workers from the local newspaper also died of lung cancer. I believe his was a combination of smoking, and environment; the ink used to have lead in it and the paper dust has to be a factor. OSHA certainly makes a difference in workers lives, safety at work, and overall outcomes for illnesses and injuries.
Please be mindful of the mind, heart, and body connection. Celebrate this Christmas season, and remember to take care of you; heart, mind, soul, and body. It will do you good. Thank you for reading, and we’ll see each other tomorrow.