Words to your wellnessBottom Highlights, Entertainment News, Section 4A, The Art of Wellness Thursday, July 16th, 2015
The dictionary is filled with words. Some words are big. Some words are small. Some words can serve as weapons. Some words can make you feel 10 feet tall. I will introduce you to five monosyllabic words that you are already familiar with. These words can have a powerful impact on your health and fitness over the coming weeks and months.
The first one-syllable word is yes. Yes means you can lose 20 pounds. Yes means you can climb that mountain. Yes means you can join the running club on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Yes means you can take that finite mathematics course at the community college and earn an “A”. Yes means not saying no. Yes is success!
Next on the short list of power words is now. Now is perfect to discard that pack of Marlboro Reds. Now is the time for a brisk walk to the park and back. Now means biking to work today instead of tomorrow. Now is the ideal opportunity to replace your Big Mac lunches with that large fresh garden salad and low fat dressing. Now means not later. Now is wow!
Two vowels and two consonants join up to bring you the word move. Move means not being complacent about your position in life. Move means dancing, gardening, jump-roping and bicycling. Move means meeting in person in lieu of email. Move means abandoning the passivity of the sofa for the activity of the sand volleyball court. Move means moss never grows on a rolling stone. Move is to groove!
Toward the back of the dictionary appears the word will. Will you succeed? Yes, you will! Will you be happy? Yes, you will! Will you feel confident? Yes, you will! Will you finally train for that half-marathon? Yes, you will! Will does not mean won’t. Will is to race up that hill!
The final introduction is reserved for the word learn. Learn to cook healthier meals. Learn to play the saxophone. Learn to play water polo. Learn to set goals and manage your time. Learn means to expand your horizons. Learn is to yearn!
“It is not the size of the dog in the fight but rather the size of the fight in the dog.” These little words have a lot of fight in them. Give ‘em a fighting chance in your life.
You utter thousands of words each day. These words chart you journey through time. Choose wisely the vocabulary that spews forth from your mouth. Begin frequently using my five suggestions and behold the power of words.
This wellness is brought to you by that guy who likes to throw open his sash. That guy without curtains is Ron Blake and he can see you through his window at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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