What I've Been Thinking About...
I randomly came across a podcast interview with an American man who trained as a Buddhist monk. For some, this may not sound too interesting but for me in that moment, it got my attention. It was almost as if this episode sought me out as it was something I needed to hear in that moment. As I was listening, this man shared a story told to him about the Dalai Lama. In short, the Dalai Lama was exiled from his country in 1959. He has asylum in India and an interviewer asked him about that and he replied that they can take my country but they cannot take my happiness.
Life is going to throw some crap your way but remember, you control how you respond. In hindsight, hardships will be viewed as a learning tool. Remember that and have the foresight to say to yourself that one day, you will look back and be thankful that it happened to you.
Fitness Tip of the Week
The Covid bug may have made its way into our house this week. On Monday we visited some friends to drop off clothes for their daughter and to exchange gifts. A short stay became a long one as the kids were having fun and we were all just catching up. The next day, the father and son were sick. The day after that, they notified us they tested positive. We started having symptoms toward the end of the week. Exposure plus symptoms sounds like a recipe for a positive test result but for now, we wait.
Once we were notified, I started using a nasal rinse, a mouth rinse, tons of vitamins and rest. No intense physical training. The only "workout" I am getting is 10,000 steps a day and spending 40-60 minutes in an Infrared Sauna Blanket.
Poet Edward Young on George Washington: "Affliction is the good man's shining time".
Have you guys ever met someone who just has something about them that when things go haywire, this person is always there to right the ship? Looking back on some of the books I have read this year, I have a new appreciation for George Washington. Hardship after hardship, criticism after criticism, conflict after conflict, the man who continually came to the rescue for America was Washington. It was almost as if times needed to be dire for the best of his abilities to come out.
His stoic like demeanor kept hubris at bay and there was no flamboyant self-aggrandizing behavior. There was only his work and the full trust of those who put him in a position of power. A true leader and because of the timing of the Revolution and his rise to power, something we may never see again.
What I've Been Watching
Don't Look Up (link to trailer)
Last week I was thinking to myself, there has got to be a somewhat new movie out there that is good. I feel like I haven't sat around to watch movies since things like Birdman, Manchester by the Sea, and The Imitation Game were in theaters. Fast forward a few days and we came across a movie with an all-star cast (di Caprio, Streep, Lawrence, etc.) so we decided to give it a go. I love satire and this movie is exactly that. It is nothing special but good for a few laughs and it is entertaining.
Quote of the Week
"In anything at all, perfection is fully attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away" Antoine de Saint Exupery