As If Your Life Depends on It…September 20, 2010 5:30 am
I hope that you have had an incredible week! We have definitely seen a change of winds since last week, and Fall is nearly here! This past week I was in Seattle at Health and Fitness Week with Dr. Graham, and it was my first Thursday to be away in an entire year! I definitely missed everyone, and I am back until next year?s event! We had a great turnout, and I want to thank all of the volunteers who made it happen. A big, heart-felt hug goes out to you all.
So many of you have been asking about my experience in Seattle, and I think that the one word that sums it up is inspiring. I met so many individuals there who are truly trying to perfect their path of health and who are trying to live their lives to their fullest potential. There were individuals there from Brazil/Holland, Canada, California, Oregon, the U.K., and even New Zealand, and we felt like a family near the end of the trip. What I walked away with was a deeper sense of accomplishment in achieving community. I learned so much from each person with whom I communicated.
There was one speech that someone gave one night that I found to be truly inspiring. Mike Arnstein (http://www.thefruitarian.com/) was one of the ultra marathon runners at the event, and he literally ran over 150 miles in three days while we were at the event. After he completed his run, he stood up to talk to all of us about embracing each moment of life possible to achieve our biggest dreams. I resonated with his words because I truly feel as he feels. When you want something, you just gotta do it.
His speech had one simple message: ?Exercise everyday as if your life depended on it.? Doug quoted this to Mike a year prior, and Mike took it to heart. It was his one year anniversary to have exercised everyday for the past year. This takes a lot of passion! Had it not been for that message, Mike probably would not have been ready for his marathon race that he ran in New York on Sunday. I want to take his message a step further though?why not apply these words to every aspect of our lives? Why can we not live everyday as if our lives depend on it?
Live each day as if your life depends on it
Eat raw, live, and colorful foods each day as if your life depends on it
Exercise everyday as if your life depends on it
Pray everyday as if your life depends on it
Laugh everyday as if your life depends on it
Breathe deeply everyday as if your life depends on it
Meditate everyday as if your life depends on it
Give back everyday as if your life depends on it
Volunteer everyday as if your life depends on it
Share everyday as if your life depends on it
Touch everyday as if your life depends on it
Sunbathe everyday as if your life depends on it
Sleep everyday as if your life depends on it
Hug everyday as if your life depends on it
Love everyday as if your life depends on it
Sing everyday as if your life depends on it
Dance everyday as if your life depends on it
Stretch everyday as if your life depends on it
Most of our lives truly do depend on these things, but we take them for granted. We do not live according to our fullest potentials. But who says that we cannot? All we have to do is take life one-step at a time, follow our hearts, and just do it.
It has been more than one year since I have missed a day of running, and it has been more than five years since I have eaten a crumb of cooked food. I don?t plan to look back. I have run at least 6 miles everyday since last June when I had my wisdom teeth removed;
I literally was only allowed to walk, and boy did I walk! I don?t compete in races, but I use this time as ?me time.? It forces me to breathe and to process my thoughts. It circulates everything in my system. To say the least, it keeps me healthy, and it is now a part of my life just like breathing or eating raw. Everything else simply becomes an excuse.
Ask yourself what is holding you back from moving forwards. What do you fear? I can think of a million and two reasons to not eat raw, to not run, and to not live passionately each day.
However, I can think of a billion and three reasons to free my soul and shine a bright light onto this earth. Combating the things that scare us set us free. When we break through, we set an example for others and become strong enough to help them.
Live everyday as if your life depends on it.