I wrote the words above almost three years ago when I first drafted the NAHREP 10. It was not a part of the original list, but a friend urged me to include something about health and fitness on the list and I thought it was a good idea. However, regardless of what I wrote, like many people, I have taken my health for granted for most of my life. But no more…Three weeks ago, I got hit with a double dose of pneumonia. According to my doctor, I had simultaneously contracted both viral and bacterial pneumonia and a few days later after my symptoms worsened, I was admitted to the hospital. While in the hospital, I wondered what percentage of pneumonia sufferers end up in the hospital— so I googled the question on my iPhone. The number was pretty high, but the statistic that shocked me was that 5% of those who are admitted to the hospital never leave…because they die. Lying there in the hospital with an IV in one arm while a nurse is taking blood from my other arm was not a fun experience, especially when I had just read that there is a 1 in 20 chance I wouldn’t be going home.
Okay, a lot of people get pneumonia and maybe I am being a bit melodramatic, but the feeling I had at the time was real—and while I was sick, I vowed to take #8 in the NAHREP 10 much more seriously. In fact, from this point forward it will be number one on my priority list. Good health is part genetics and part lifestyle. There is only so much you can do about genetics, but you have complete control of your lifestyle. I lost 15 lbs while I was sick. I call that a “silver lining” and I promise, I’ll drop another 15 by the L’ATTITUDE event in September. Most of us think good health will last forever, until it doesn’t. Take care of your health.
A farmer and his son had a beloved stallion who helped the family earn a living. One day, the horse ran away and their neighbors said “Your horse ran away, what terrible luck!”. The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.” A few days later the horse returned home, leading a few wild mares back to the farm as well. The neighbors shouted out “Your horse has returned and brought several horses home with him. What great luck!” and the farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”
I’ve written about this in other iterations. I’ve talked about finding your rhythm, and the importance of letting things come to you, not forcing things, and then riding the momentum when you have the wind at your back. The point of it all is that success is not linear. Progress doesn’t follow a straight line. For most people, the journey is long and winding. It looks more like a stairway or a hockey stick.