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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Lo and Behold

Lo and behold…something we all knew, and another confirmation for us to take to heart. In recent articles spread throughout the internet, experts said many of the top cancers — like those in the lungs, breasts and colon — might be avoided if people changed their lifestyle habits. To reduce their risk, the agency recommended that people stop smoking, limit their alcohol consumption, avoid too much sun, and maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise.

So, your health is in your hands! Follow a life of moderation and exercise, stay away from cigarettes, and you have taken major steps at lengthening your life and maintaining an active lifestyle.

 Many men go fishing all their lives not knowing it is not fish they are after.
       –Henry David Thoreau

These words of Thoreau, as do the words of many great writers of the past, give us pause about the human condition. What might his sentence mean? If it is not the fish we are after, what is it?  Perhaps it is the peace of mind that results from communing with nature while the stress of the day gets lost in the sights and sounds of the scenery. Perhaps it is having the opportunity to quietly enjoy our world away from the loud activities of our own material creations.  Oftentimes, we are drawn to these moments from an inner desire, without actually knowing why or where the desire comes from.  There is an inherent need in all of us to relate to our creator and with mother nature.  We should heed this desire, as enjoying these types of urgings are healthy, helpful, reinvigorating, and free.        

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