Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...Tell Me More
First thing’s first. Let me wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to MDA’s American readers. I hope you’re enjoying the day and have much to be grateful for this year, including good Primal health! As for myself, I’m thankful for my wonderful family and supportive friends and colleagues. Likewise, I’m grateful for this amazing community – all of the engagement, encouragement, and challenge you all have offered me over the years. As much now as in the beginning, Mark’s Daily Apple is an evolving project. I’ve steered the site – and the books, events, and resources that have stemmed from it – with the direction of reader interests. Even the Primal Blueprint philosophy itself has unfolded in unexpected ways for me – ways inspired by the stories and questions you have brought to our collective table. Thank you, everyone, and please continue to offer your feedback.
From a personal point of view, I like beginning the holiday season with a time for thankfulness. The end of the year calls us to take stock, and it’s illuminating to do it in a spirit of gratitude.
The flip side to this holiday introspection, however, is the commercial bustle – for all its luster and lunacy. No doubt, most of us have seen or heard the ads for weeks now. The flurry even spurs its own thread of media stories, including those covering the protests this month around big box stores that will open at midnight or even 9:00 pm on Thanksgiving. Apparently, the point of the day is increasingly becoming a mere precursor to the shopping that so many people consider the main event. In addition to the shameless “creep” of shopping hours, one story seemed to take the madness to a new level. A woman in California has been camping out in front of a Best Buy for more than a week now, waiting to be the first in line when the doors open for the Black Friday sale. A younger man joined her in line earlier in the week, explaining to reporters, “I’ve got nothing else better to do.” Has it seriously come to this?
I just can’t resist – as I’m sure many of you can’t either. How many “better” things are there to do with a week of your life? (Truth be told, it could be a whole blog in itself.) For the purpose of today, let’s just talk about Black Friday. If you bristle against the commercial frenzy, what could a “Primal Friday” look like instead? Just a few modest suggestions…
Finally, drink up every bit of Thanksgiving leisure. I’m a sucker for A Christmas Story movie (wrong holiday, but still), and while I love the humor (Lifebuoy, anyone?), one of my favorite parts is the end scene in which the parents sit together, quietly enjoying the tree while the kids fall asleep and the snow falls outside. Sometimes the best part of a holiday is the quiet hours after the agenda’s been satisfied and the dishes are washed. It’s somehow the part I always enjoy the most. It’s when people are most unscheduled and unfettered. The best conversations unfold. The most intimate memories are made. Why rush it, let alone skip it altogether? We rush through the holidays and miss so much in our focus on checklists and pure logistics. The best of life so often happens in the lulls, the interludes, the end of a great evening. Don’t miss it.
Thanks for stopping by today, everybody. Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy the holiday weekend!