It’s important not to get too caught up in words; as Alan Watts points out, the very moment that you name something, you get into trouble.
But that’s a topic for another post.
For today, let’s stick with these 4 Pillars of Health named: Diet, Quiet, Movement, & Happiness, from the Paul Check model.
Let’s be practical about it.
If you’re not taking care of yourself in any of these 4 areas, then you may be sick, or worse.
However, what if you’re an ‘A+’ in terms of going to the gym every day and fueling your body properly … but you ignore recovery, and relationships?
You may be able to squat twice your bodyweight in pounds, and look great … on the outside.
But if you’re not sleeping or making time for proper recovery, are you really as strong as you can be?
Perhaps even more importantly, if you can squat 1,000 pounds, but you can’t have an honest conversation with your spouse, then what good is all of that physical strength?
Is someone who goes to SoulCycle and drinks green juice 7 days a week healthy … if they’re miserable at their job?
Not as healthy as they can be, for sure. Not thriving on all cylinders.
When you let 1 Pillar go, when you don’t pay any attention to it (or worse) it will drag the others down, by definition, because your Health includes all of you!
Here’s the good news:
Whenever you make small improvements to any one pillar, guess what happens?
The opposite effect.
The others all improve as a result.
By definition, because again, your Health always includes all of you.
Nothing is separate.
See you tomorrow.