On Total Fitness

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Out with the old year and in with the new…a great time to reflect on our Total Fitness and how it effects our lives.  What is Total Fitness?  Most think of it as hitting the gym and getting that killer workout.  But it’s actually much more.  There are four components to comprehensive fitness: physical, mental, social and spiritual.  It is the balance of these four that lead to wellness, happiness and productivity.

Physical fitness means leading a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, rest and nutrition.

Mental fitness requires effective coping skills, a strong self-image and a positive approach to life. People who are mentally fit demonstrate self-control and make good choices.

Social fitness means having a strong sense of belonging and connection to the people around you. It’s being able to develop and maintain trusted, valued relationships that are personally fulfilling and provide a safe place to exchange ideas, views and experiences.

Spiritual fitness is about having a sense of purpose and meaning in one’s life. It’s about strengthening the set of beliefs, principles or values that give someone a sense of well-being, hope and the will to keep going.

Happy New Year – Rick

On Veterans Day

THEY DID THEIR SHARE  
By Joanna Fuchs

On Veteran’s Day we honor
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.

Some of them were drafted;
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years.

In the jungle or the desert,
On land or on the sea.
They did whatever was assigned
To produce a victory.

Some came back; some didn’t.
They defended us everywhere.
Some saw combat; some rode a desk;
All of them did their share.

No matter what the duty,
For low pay and little glory,
These soldiers gave up normal lives,
For duties mundane and gory.

Let every veteran be honored;
Don’t let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can’t repay.

We owe so much to them,
Who kept us safe from terror,
So when we see a uniform,
Let’s say “thank you” to every wearer.

On Vitality

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“I used to sit on the banks with a raft and watch the water roll lazily by. One day I pushed my raft into the shallows of the water and found the water moved swifter than I thought. My raft was actually a boat. Then, after some time, I rowed my little boat into deeper water. There were great storms, mighty winds, tremendous waves, and sometimes I felt so alone. But I have noticed my little rowboat is now a mighty ship manned by my friends and loved ones; and beautiful calm seas, warm sunny days, and nights filled with comfortable dreams always double after a storm. Now, I could never go back and sit on the bank. In fact, I search for deeper water. Such is life when lived.”

B. D. Gulledge