The Living Part

The Living Part.  

So we are off on another summer adventure.  We are headed to another corner of the world we haven’t seen.  Having traveled to 49 states (sorry Hawaii, another year) we are going back to Europe to see Portugal and Spain with a 5 day excursion to Morocco.  

Morocco seemed so exotic and adventurous to us until we learned that Tom Cruise will be in the same town we are staying to film the remake of The Mummy.  I loved that movie and just can’t see Tom Cruise in the role.  #TeamBrendan

Traveling gives me perspective and changes all my no’s to yes’s.  I embrace weird food, late bedtimes and slightly dangerous agendas.  A routine that would never sit well in the rest of my life.  Being away brings me back to work and schedule with a fresh eye and a new zest for printed checkboxes  on a calendar.  

For those of us on an academic calendar, it’s the end of our year.  August brings new goals and benchmarks to achieve.  For now, I’ll focus on overpacking, holding mail, passport counting, euro exchange rates and simple arabic phrases.  

The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page. {Saint Augustine}


Learned Optimism

I’m potentially running out of self-help books to read.  Resorting to looking up oldies but goodies at my local library.  Finished Learned Optimism this week.  Didn’t love it but came away with two good points about optimism.  The first being that kids that are optimistic as a result of achievement are much more likely to be happier and productive in the long run rather than just inherently optimism.  Meaning children need to work hard to achieve something.  In other words, no trophies for sitting on the bench.

I also read this paragraph in one of the final pages of the book about running.  You’d be amazed at how many self-help books mention running.

” Consider jogging.  Many of us now choose to jog.  We slog along in all sorts of weather, waking up at ungodly hours to do so. The activity in itself gives us little or no pleasure. (me – amen brother!) It is sometimes annoying and not infrequently painful. We do it because it appeals to our long-term self interest. We believe that in the long run we will be better off, that we will live longer and healthier lives and be more attractive if we engage in this daily self flagellation.  A little daily self denial is exchanged for long-term self enhancement.  Once we became convinced that lack of exercise would likely be costly to our health and well-being , the alternative of jogging became attractive. ”

Not 100% on board with that but well said.  There are many days that I know lack of exercise is costing me my health and fitness level but sometimes the couch and Blue Bell win. The key is making sure that it doesn’t win too many times.