We are back in Pennsylvania after a restful vacation at home. It is difficult to transition, but it is also rewarding to work and enjoy our lives here. I am devoting this year to presence—being in the moment and looking for the beauty in the everyday. There is so much beauty and meaning that surrounds us. It is easy to be swept away in the emails, driving, and meal preparation. However, even these “chores” have something to teach us, if we focus our intention.
Below, a note on a patient’s fridge:
“Healthy Body, Unhealthy Mind” by Pico Iyer. “We run and run in search of contentment, Pascal wrote in his “Pensées,” and so ensure we’ll never be settled or content. We mindlessly race away from the one place where happiness is to be found.”
“How Exercise Keeps Us Young” by Gretchen Reynolds. “Active older people resemble much younger people physiologically, according to a new study of the effects of exercise on aging. The findings suggest that many of our expectations about the inevitability of physical decline with advancing years may be incorrect and that how we age is, to a large degree, up to us.”