The Dalai Lama was asked the question, What surprises you most about humanity? Here was his answer: "Man! Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die and then dies having never really lived.”
Wow. Talk about a mind-bender. And if we break it down a bit, I bet it’s something just about all of us can relate to. Think about it. As early as junior high school, we’re being groomed to go to college. In high school we’re pushed to get good grades, to prepare for the SAT’s in order to get into the best universities. As early as our late teens and early twenties we’re expected to decide on a career to which we’re going to dedicate the rest of our lives. And then we spend the next four to five decades pursuing that dollar, building that wealth, so that we can purchase a home, raise a family, send our kids to the best schools. Many of us sacrifice things that we’re passionate about, or put them off to another day, with the idea that if we can just reach that next goal, hit that next mark, then we can do all the things we really want to do. Take that trip to Europe. Write that novel. Climb Mt. Everest. Before we know it, we’re blowing out the candles on our 65th birthday cake and all we’ve managed to accomplish with our wish list is to add more things to it. Now we’re finally allowing ourselves to enjoy that wealth we’ve worked so hard to create, and what happens? The doctor says our cholesterol is too high. We throw our backs out putting dishes in the dishwasher. We start making strange grunting sounds just standing up from the sofa. All of that wealth we’ve built isn’t going towards buying first class tickets to the French Riviera, or ski weekends in Aspen, or wind sailing lessons. It’s going towards prescription medications, trips to the chiropractor, and hours on the therapy couch because we’ve spent up our physical and mental health on the pursuit of a happiness that we never stopped to enjoy along the way. There’s another quote that applies here, that’s been attributed to both Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw: “Youth is wasted on the young.”
But it doesn’t have to be! Now is the time to leverage that youthful energy to not only implement a strategy for building wealth, but to engage in healthy practices that will ensure vitality as the candles on that birthday cake multiply. Personally, I plan to be hitting those black diamond ski runs and riding my bike on mountain trails well into my 60’s, 70’s and beyond. But that means I need to be conditioning my body now, and so can you. I’ll show you how at our upcoming Vibrant Health 101 virtual program. This 6-session series will be a deep dive into the what, where, when, why and how to achieve vibrant health. We’ll go into the nuts and bolts of dialing in your movement and nutrition plan and get you on the road to carrying youthfulness and vitality well into your later years.
The dates for this virtual training series are: September 12, September 19, October 3, October 17, October 24 & November 7 all times are 7-8:30pm Mountain time. Click HERE to book your spot now!