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February 20 2018

Primal Starter: Retrospective Truths

By Mark Sisson
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Inline_Live-Awesome-645x445-03The fact is, life teaches us. I’m not talking just about the collection of data—more information gathered, more studies skimmed. I mean the self-knowledge acquired, sometimes through hard-won means as well as the priorities that have come into focus over time. It’s often about the lessons learned through a variety of epic mistakes and frustrating dead-ends. Beyond the neat world of “good life” theory exists the full dimensional backdrop of living feedback.

Still, I wonder what it would mean if we could take certain viewpoints on faith earlier in our lives. Maybe we do once in a while. While you think on how that’s worked in your own life, let me throw out a few pieces of retrospective truths I’ve found or friends and clients have shared over the years.

  • Let yourself rest more. Seriously, there’s plenty of time.
  • Find something you really love to do as a way to move every day. Make it something you look forward to – a want rather than a should.
  • Learn to cook. No, really. Learn to enjoy it. Enjoy experimenting with it. Value your time in the kitchen in a way the culture doesn’t encourage as much anymore. You’ll be healthier for it – and a kick@$$ host.
  • Pretty much 90% of what you’re stressing about will mean nothing in ten years – most of it nothing in 10 days. Learn to let it go.
  • Play more. But don’t make it an official, planned, self-conscious exploit: “Hey, I’m going to play now!” Just stop taking your life so seriously. Look for ways you can make everyday life more in the spirit of play – exercise, parenting, work, cooking, etc. Loosen up and embrace your inner fool.
  • Tithe your time – to yourself, to your own joy.
  • Look for a job that doesn’t take all your time and energy. Think about the conditions that will make or break your happiness here: long commute – no, long vacation time – yes.
  • Meditate – not because it’s supposed to be “good” for your health as you get older but because it will help you enjoy your life more exactly where you’re at.
  • Don’t think of health in terms of components – like add-ons you can incorporate one after the other. Give up the divisions in your life. Live from a healthy center, and make everything else – all your other – choices reflect that value.

What are yours to share? And to read more this morning, check out “What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?”

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  1. I have long embraced the adage that if it isn’t going to matter 5 years from now, then it probably doesn’t matter now either. It’s a great reminder for putting things into perspective.

  2. When living / seeing something special, do not grab your camera. Enjoy the moment.

    I’ve no problem applying that to my everyday life and also in vacation, but seeing so many people living moments through the lens of a camera makes me a bit sad for them.

    1. Very very good
      I was one of those camera grabbers … not anymore !

  3. Love all of these and completely agree. Need to work more on the rest…not just sleep but learning how to just chill and let go sometimes. Big yes to learning to love to cook…it’s totally become a creative outlet for me. And agree that you can work play into everything. I am not good at scheduling it…I just try to look at my day to day life in a more playful way. Really changes things.

  4. I started my work career at the age of 16 is a restaurant. At 17 I was cook. I spent the next 7 years in that space. Two things came from it. Work ethic and a love of cooking that continues to this day 42 years later. The kitchen is still my happy place.

  5. You can only be where you are right now (both literally and figuratively). You must not allow your vision of where you want to be in the future to interfere with your ability to stay focused on the present; strive for continued growth and improvement, but don’t forget to enjoy the journey.

  6. “Don’t think of health in terms of components ” – This really resonates with me. As an allergy sufferer with chronic back pain, I always used to just concentrate on dealing with these health issues. It wasn’t til I completely changed my total lifestyle to something reasonably healthy overall – was I able to fell truely happy. Now when I get a bad allergy attack or strong back pain – I’m able to brush it off easier and know that it will be better soon and not dwell on it anymore.