This week Awesome Stories bring you hula hooping, hibernation, the meaning of life, walking for health and zestful living.
Katie Sunshine sure knows how to make hooping fun and interesting. In this video, she uses a hoop with holes to paint while dancing! She makes it look easy, but I’ve tried hooping and can’t even keep the hoop moving. Keep on shining Katie! 🙂
Hibernation for Health
Winter tends to encourage most of us to do a little less, be indoors and be more introspective. Andreana Lefton writes about how she uses hibernation as a conscious tool to retreat, restore, tune into silence and connect with the bigger rhythms of life. It’s easy to get caught up in our busy lives. She offers some soothing ideas for tuning into the silence using the gifts of hibernation to guide the way. I love this idea of taking a conscious hibernation. How about you?
Walking for Health
I love walking and keep pretty active with walking, biking and hiking. This article lists 8 reasons to adopt a car-free lifestyle. Walkable communities are more desireable, attracting people who enjoy the easy access and lifestyle of being able to walk to work, play and home. I know our downtown area has seen quite a renaissance of local, hip businesses that cater to the urban lifestyle, including our developing walking and biking trail system. Truthfully, I miss living downtown with the walkable access to many people, places and events. Now, I walk less, drive more and stay home more since moving to the suburbs. Obviously, going carless and walking is good for personal health, air quality and reducing impact on the planet. A win for all.
The Meaning of Life
Sometimes I get bogged down in deep philosophical questions like ‘what is the meaning of life?’ Other times, I relax and feel the main purpose of life is to love more. Many of us are encouraged to pursue happiness as the key to a good life, yet I agree with Christine Carter that happiness is the wrong goal. There is no doubt that feeling happy can add texture to our lives, but pursuing happiness may actually chase it away. Ultimately, pursuing a meaningful life is what creates the most long-term satisfaction. Here is another post I wrote called The Meaning of Happiness.
The Joy of Living
Here is a touching article about a man called Smith who found and shared his joy for life. The author, Richard Whittaker, talks about the flair and enthusiasm that Smith displayed for life. “I remember the unapologetic joy he took in being alive.” Many of us tend to forget or overlook the simple joys in our pursuits of fame, fortune and happiness. Smith found great delight in life, art and beauty. He was both an artist and enthusiastic lover of life. I’d like to be remembered as someone like Smith who expresses a great zest for living.
I hope you have a zestful week!