|February 6, 2005|
I hope our newsletter finds you and your family well. I watched the State of The Union Address the other night. While I am not George Bush’s biggest advocate I was really moved by his thoughts regarding the courage of the Iraqi people displayed in voting last Sunday.
In his speech he references a young Iraqi woman who told of waking to the sound of mortar fire on Election Day, and wondering if it might be too dangerous to vote. She said, "hearing those explosions, it occurred to me -- the insurgents are weak, they are afraid of democracy, they are losing. ... So I got my husband, and I got my parents, and we all came out and voted together."
It just happed that the young woman’s father had been killed by Saddam Hussein's intelligence service. Safia Taleb al-Suhail, described by Bush as one of Iraq's "leading democracy and human rights advocates," hugged and thanked the grieving parents of the fallen Marine who also had been invited to the State of The Union Address and were acknowledged for their sacrifice.
I have reflected on this all week long. I don’t agree with our policies or the reasoning behind the invasion. But, that is the perfection… our right to openly disagree without fear of persecution.
In bad always exists a little bit of good and within good exists a little bit of bad. In this case it is the Yin and Yang of war… I suppose. I am happy that the Iraqi’s had there elections. They will only get more legitimate from this point on. And I admire each of those Iraqi’s that were courageous enough to risk their lives to exercise their right to vote.
As American’s it is easy to take these rights for granted. I for one will always think of Safia Taleb al-Suhail when I am tempted to skip the voting process just because I don’t think my vote will count.
Today the theme of the Mind, Body and Spirit will be Letting Go Of Fear and Embrassing Courage.
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A MAJOR FEAR
ABOVE THE NEED FOR APPROVAL
First, realize and accept that the opinions of others are not important enough for you to feel stressed, unhappy or overly concerned about them. Even if they dislike you entirely, it has nothing to do with your own personal worth and value as a person.
Second, refuse to be overly concerned about what you think people are thinking about you. The fact is that most people are not thinking about you at all. Relax and get on with your life.
Whether you join the ranks of indoor mall-walkers (window-shopping lovers unite!) or head for the road less taken without the car keys, walking offers a wealth of fitness and health benefits. It builds up your heart and lungs, helps keep cholesterol levels in the healthy range, and, because it's a weight-bearing exercise, builds bone mass to prevent osteoporosis. That's a lot of good stuff for a sport that doesn't require any special skills or fancy equipment.
Maybe that's why it's so popular. Carol Espel is a Reebok University Master Trainer and serves on the program development team for Reebok, a leading designer of sports footwear. She notes, "Eighty million Americans use walking as either a leisure activity or for fitness. The thing I love about walking is it doesn't have to be a structured exercise." Walking has also become more popular in the advent of a trend toward lower-impact exercise. "Baby boomers are heading into their fifties, looking for alternatives to the 1980's mantra of "more is better," in impact as well as intensity," Espel adds.
Walking puts about three times less impact and strain on the body than running. It's a perfect exercise for people with weak knees or bad backs because there's less stress placed on the joints. With proper technique, walking can even improve your overall posture.
While some exercisers may have the perception of walking as "too easy" for a fitness workout, Espel says that with different levels of technique the sport can be as demanding as running. "From strolling to race walking, walking is great for anybody and everybody," she notes. "You can take it to a high level of performance."
Walking is definitely one of the more flexible sports. You can walk indoors or outdoors, alone - enjoying a bit of solitude during your busy day or with others - to fit in some socializing along with your stress relief.
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"Your fears are not walls, but hurdles. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it."
-- Dan Millman
How do we conquer fear? With action. Millman says that action is the ONLY way to move through fear.
Fear aims to stop us in our tracks. When we step forward anyway, our anxiety eases. We begin to pay attention to what’s actually going on instead of being trapped in fearful speculation. When we’ve done it once, we can do it again. And again. And again.
"Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them."
-- Brendan Francis
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