Kylie and Mattie are the two dogs that wandered up a while back and eventually convinced my wife and I that we were there theirs. Most of the time, they bring a lot of joy to our home. Occasionally they bring a lot of destruction. They've even trained us to a point where we can choose joy or destruction.
They don't look much like Tasmanian devils...
If we take time to play fetch or take the girls for a walk, we choose joy. If we think we are too busy or too tired, we choose destruction (and sleeplessness).
It's true with me too. Over the last few years, I have become an avid bicycle commuter. And life has been better. There is more joy and less self-destructive behavior when I ride often. There's also more stamina, more energy that I can use to stay caught up, to share with others. Movement gives me strength and resilience. Time on the bike gives me time to think and to solve problems rather than stew in them.
This paragraph is where I will resist going on about metabolism, endorphins, and free radicals. There is a lot of research out there touting the health benefits of regular exercise. Just know that exercises helps you to be better prepared to face the world's problems.
Move more. Turn off the screen for a little while and get your blood pumping. Work hard and tire yourself out. Going to bed tired is so much better than going to bed wired. Let exercise be the first domino to fall in a very healthy chain reaction.
May you be healthy enough and strong enough to help others be strong enough and healthy enough.
[ To be fair, fetch and walks do make days better for humans too.]
Thursday's Topic: Be Quiet
Wednesday's Topic: Share
Tuesday's Topic: Appreciate
Monday's Topic: Smile