“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What does “dream big dreams” really mean? The definition of “big” is: of considerable size, extent, or intensity. While these three adjectives serve to provide a basic meaning, they can only be understood by way of comparison using a reference point or yardstick. Context provides the subtle nuances that are lacking in the mere words – size, extent, intensity.
Humanity is small within the structure of the universe. The extent of our physical reach is limited by time and space. We live intense lives, but they are short compared to the duration of a star. William Butler Yeats once said, “In dreams begins responsibility.” Perhaps “big dreams” are those that are universal, that endure beyond our timeline, foster a greater good and gives meaning to our existence.
“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
When I was in college, one of my friends was having trouble adjusting. She asked me to attend a counselling session with her for emotional support. The session lasted less than 45 minutes. At the end, she was assigned two tasks:
1) Enrol in an exercise program.
2) Get a good night’s sleep.
We are learning more about the dynamic connection between our mind and bodies. Exercise builds muscles; it also generates a sense of well being that allows us to embrace life with all of its challenges and possibilities.
“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.”
Paul Dudley White, Physician & Cardiologist
Another wonderful exercise room!
Christmas is four weeks away – the countdown is on until the feast and holiday cheer season. It is a wonderful celebration with the lights, hot chocolate and cookies, ham, turkey, potatoes, cranberries, eggnog…I can hardly wait!
There is only one little problem: January 1st comes shortly thereafter. This is resolution time! I am one of those people who make resolutions. It is always the same, year after year: I will lose the 7 (it seems to be a consistent number) pounds that I gained over the holidays by the end of January. There is a reason for the deadline. January 31st is when my resolution enthusiasm losses much of the pizzazz.
This year, I thought that I would be brilliantly proactive. I am making a December 1st resolution to increase my fitness regime over the next month. To get me into the spirit, the week will be dedicated to fitness. I can hardly wait to start – (I still have a few days rest until December 1st – I don’t want to rush things along)
“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”
My exercise room – even when it rains!!!