I hope that Judge Judy had a nice birthday yesterday! I’ve never watched her show, yet her followers number more than mine :). Her calendar years “DQ” her from being a bonafide KABOOMER, as she is now 78, like a former VP that is in the limelight these days. So, today is Day # 296 of 2020 AD, with a mere 10 weeks to go until this abnormal leap year is over. In the traditional Chinese Zodiac, 2020 is the Year of the Rat…Hmmm.If my calculator is accurate, 1/12th or about 8% of our world population had this abnormal, unlucky year if tradition is correct. Note to self, try wearing red underpinnings in my unlucky year ?!
We sorta know that bodily or mental PAIN is a penalty, while Pleasure is a “windfall” gain. Isn’t life a bit strange in this regard, as for Rat Year fortunes, that humans tend to AVOID PAIN as opposed to seeking PLEASURABLE GAIN?
So here is a KABOOMER KOACH and blogger (born in a Year of the Snake, incidentally) who is bucking human nature…
And, I implore you to seek pleasure and gain in childlike ways of rather than avoiding pain, senescence, and sarcopenia as losses.
I commend to you THE ATHLETES WAY by Christopher Bergland who eloquently writes about his personal “BIOLOGY OF BLISS.” If you don’t have time to read THE ATHLETE’s WAY, – SPOILER ALERT! A big element in his generated BLISS is S W E A T. Yup!
Part of a KABOOMERs success is attributed to control of things that are controllable while coping as best as possible with factors that are beyond her or his control or influence. Here we are, a fortnight before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in an election year. Some of my family members and clients are bummed, to state the least, about matters that are uncontrollably UNblissful. I do sense and feel some of their angst and pain. And I am parenthetically rooting (not voting often) for my Sister who is running for Vermont’s lone Congressional seat. Go, Girl! I celebrate her extraness as a real underdog.
What am I doing in a quixotic quest for bliss?
I hum, laugh often, and skip current screen versions of “News” unless Ron Burgundy or a SaturdayNight Live actor is the anchor, that is. I’ll listen to the Capitol Steps rather than talking heads on Sunday mornings. Here’s a MOCK in Democracy listen fer ‘ya…
I move to Sweat 6 days a week. Ahhh, that’s a pleasure for me!
I draw a warm bath with Epsom salts to let cares drift away. More pleasure and gain!
I walk in the grass – barefoot. I soak in my 20 minutes of el sol for my critical Vitamin D as a healthy immunity booster.
I truly take steps to get an average of 7 hours of restorative sleep each night, every night. NO takeaway or loss here (except for “DAYLIGHT SAVINGS time that is).
I talk to our kids and grandkids whenever possible.
I ask What would Abe Lincoln do? Anything I face is a tiny SUCK to embrace compared to what he faced in leading a house divided!
With my felicity of age, I can subjectively state that 2020 is MUCH better than 1968 was!
I do try to live a Platinum Rule in which I try to treat another person as she or he wishes to be treated.
Though stubborn, I do try to listen these days more than I speak. Mom was right about my two ears, even with tinnitus rings, being superior to one mouth. She was also right when she reminded me that I could be wrong about something.
In my speechwriter days, I wrote an executive’s speech for a Navy SEAL graduation. It was hard to skip penning: “the only easy day was yesterday.” And I really wanted to ghostwrite how important it was to make one’s bed. Admiral McRaven beat me to that legendary highlight 🙂
I DO try to give my bride and myself a hug every morning and do a GOOD morning stretch.
In a Vermonter’s terse way of celebration, I, like Robert Frost, can share that
“HAPPINESS makes in Height what it lacks in Length.”
Look up to the Happy Heights!
Be happy…seek the pleasures of a sustainable physical 401K…think Platinum… Don’t let any Bastards get you down.