(Friday Filosophy 7/8/22)
Happy Freakin’ Friday!
Fridays are the time I share something I’m thinking about and believe you may want to think about as well. This week I’m coming at you from Stockholm. That wasn’t in the plans, but I came down with Covid-19 last week while in Oslo. If you read last week’s postcard, then you understand I have exceeded my quota of travel hassles and drama on this trip. So I hopped over to Sweden to one of my fav hotels in Gamla Stan (Old Town). Stockholm offers direct flights on Delta to the U.S., which allows me to completely avoid the current meltdown in the European aviation system. Especially the disaster that is British airways right now. (And get some Thai massages at a great salon here.) The whole experience has me thinking about wellness and vitality.
Yesterday I was strolling along the waterfront when I noticed something remarkable. A heavyset Norwegian woman. It was startling because it made me realize that I had passed hundreds of people and this was the first oversized person to stand out. She wasn’t morbidly or clinically obese. In fact, in the U.S., and most countries, she would be decidedly average.
When I began doing a lot of international events, it was easy to tell the Americans. I would sit at a sidewalk café in Paris, or Hyde Park in Sydney and you could spot them coming a block away. Year by year, it became more difficult, as the American diet and fast-food chains proliferated around the world. Pretty much worldwide, we are digging our graves with our teeth. But not here…
People here exercise frequently. They think it strange to have an elevator in a building less than five stories. The governments here recognized early that Covid-19 wasn’t worth shutting down the world and modeled the best ways to live with it. Scandinavians eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy proteins, and get a good balance of Omegas. Back home, I’m usually the healthiest guy in the gym. Here I’m the slug.
It’s so hard to live a prosperous life without wellness and vitality. Having positive mental and physical energy as you go through your day is a complete game changer. Personally, I’ve got to do better. My workouts weren’t the same while my gym was locked down, then I injured my spine and couldn’t work out for a few weeks, and as a result I’ve gotten a little “fluffy.” No more bullshit excuses. Being here again has inspired me to rededicate myself into getting back to peak health. I hope you will too.
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Thought of the Day:
The days are long, but life is short. Laugh. Love. Forgive.
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