For much of my life, I was “too busy” – with work, marriage, home, parenting, and “doing life” – to consider what life was doing to me! In my mid-forties, I was forced to pay attention. I had several health challenges of my own, and my darling daughter had a health crisis at age 11. A crisis kind of forces you to pay attention to the details!
I took a real interest in diet and exercise and got into the best shape of my life in my forties. I studied everything I could find and I learned about the elements of a good nutrition plan, the value of a whole food diet, how exercise makes you strong in many ways and can keep you young and vital, which supplements contribute to good health and which are a waste of money, and who to trust for good, solid, sensible information on a healthy lifestyle.
In the process of making myself over physically, I discovered that I was a far more effective partner, parent and professional than I’d ever been before. I made robust health my number one priority. That decision has served me well. It helped me weather other bumps in the road of life, and I have stayed strong and healthy well into middle age. I intend to stay as healthy as I can for as long as I can – hopefully until I come to the end of this journey.
But there is more to life than physical health.
I believe that our lives work best when we attempt balance among what I chose to call “the four dimensions” – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Each of these dimensions is like the legs on a chair – you can tell when the chair is balanced because it doesn’t wobble. We often find ourselves “wobbling”.
Antipandemonium is my attempt to express how I believe we can regain our balance.
I strongly believe that individual balance is important in these challenging times. The world needs contributions from each of us to resolve the serious problems we are facing. We cannot meet these challenges in unfit bodies, our hearts heavy with irrational thoughts and fears, our minds distracted by a constant stream of data coming at us from all forms of media, and our souls crying out for peace.
However, getting individual balance is not enough. We do not live in isolation. We live with other people, who face the same challenges we do. Our lives our “relational” – and that is the 5th dimension. We interact with members of our family, associates at work, and neighbors in our communities. Helping others benefits us individually and collectively.
Sometimes, our biggest challenges are in the area of our relationships. I believe our relationships can be much less challenging if we “get out the wobble within”. We cannot control others, but we can control ourselves.
Through “Antipandemonium – a place of order in a world of chaos”, I am hoping to have a conversation about how we can all regain and maintain our equilibrium among all the competing influences in our lives.