Dogs require nurturing. They pee in the house and worse, for a few weeks. They drop hair, chew on your shoes and pull the threads on your best clothes. They need feeding, occasional vets visits, insurance, and of course walks, plus, plus.
Why do we bother? If that question causes you momentary pause, then you're probably not a dog person - we can still be friends but it's a small strike against you 🤣
Reason for the post. Life balance doesn't just show up. It's not an inherited gene. It requires self awareness and cultivating.
Money is cool. All things being equal I prefer traveling business class to economy. 5 star hotels are neat. My first flash car in my 50's was a buzz. But it's never been the main game.
Wealth means nothing if you live in a toxic ecosystem. Holidays are sterile without loved ones. Public esteem without health is hollow.
Life balance doesn't have to mean minimalism, but might. Conquering the world doesn't mean you have to lose out on other aspects of a fulfilled life, but it might.
We all have different drives. Some need to challenge themselves to feel alive, others crave stress free pursuits.
Most of us get too caught up in our own bubbles to reflect on WHY. Is our current journey really worth it?
This group was set up to gently prompt reflection on balancing health (mental and physical), wealth (for the choices it offers), fitness ( defining the quality of how we age) and purpose (that reason beyond survival to get out of bed)
A pet is like a microcosm of human relationships. On the surface they ( human relationships) can seen to hinder our busy lives. Easier to avoid eye contact pay our groceries plugged in to our music/podcasts. Investing in people's idiosyncrasies, listening to their nonsense, indulging their histrionics. Who can be bothered?
And yet that's what these handful of our real connections do for us. Focusing on others, I'm including our pets in this group, dilutes our tendency to be too critical in our own introspection.
Live large, smile often
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