2016 was a tough year for a lot of us, and as I look forward into 2017 to formulate my goals and targets I have come to realize that a three-pronged ideal can help us find better physical and emotional health. Therefore, this year I suggest we all adopt the following mantra: “Stand Up. Stand Up Straight. Stand Up Strong.”
These words double as a fitness reminder and a social cue. Anyone with a goal of improved physical shape and health should simply stand up more, walk more and sit less (or at the very least stand up and move every 30-minutes). Likewise we should all stand up for preserving our own personal values as well as America’s tenuous democratic values as we forge into unknown (and for many of us very scary) territory with Trump at our helm.
Stand Up Straight:
I often address the rampant increase of postural distortions in adults and children here in my blog, but this year I am on a personal mission to help everyone improve their health by observing and improving their posture. Your spine is the gateway between your brain and the rest of your body. If you have curved-in shoulders or hips, and knees or ankles that rotate inwards (pronate) you are cutting off and/or shorting out a lot of nerves that bring signals to and from your brain. So set a phone or watch reminder, or buddy up with a friend and remind yourself several times a day to stand up straight and tall, keep your shoulders squared and relaxed, and remember to breathe low and slow.
Stand Up Strong:
This one can be taken both literally and figuratively. First, you must remember no matter how tough your path is currently, this too shall pass. But the key to improving your emotional or circumstantial life is to stay strong emotionally (and physically) and remember how strong you really are. Stand up for yourself and show your strength! Second, we must all stand up in a show of solidarity and strength so we can change that which is not working for all of us. We truly need to stand up strong together against racial, gender, and LGBT discrimination, double-standards of wages and rights, religious persecution, women’s rights, and the general bullying of anyone who disagrees with the “moral majority’s” opinions (that starts with the Oval Office)!
For those of you who find this post a bit too soap-boxy, please indulge me as I am a child of the 60’s and it’s in my nature to stand up for my rights, my health and my peers. So if you agree, repeat after me (and then DO IT): Stand Up. Stand Up Straight. Stand Up Strong!
Sunday’s horrific mass murder in Orlando of 50 innocent victims at an LGBT Night Club has me almost tongue tied in anger. I was raised to not see color, to not judge “wrong” those who have a different lifestyle or appearance. Most of all I was raised to view any person or group who believed that their beliefs justified prejudice and violence as narrow minded bigots worthy of contempt.
Whether it’s a lone-renegade Isis-praising twisted soul or a group of abortion clinic bombers, I simply cannot tolerate the ignorance of anyone who murders another because they don’t believe in your God or your views.
Why is this the subject of my blog today, you might wonder? Well, it’s not so far afield of my normal ramblings – that of living a healthy life with your body, mind, and heart. Anyone walking around with that much hate directed towards someone just because they think or act differently cannot be living a balanced and healthy life!
Therefore my simple but non-bullshit message to everyone today is to stop judging what’s different than yourself, and more importantly, stop hiding on whichever side of the issue you stand on. Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat or Libertarian – let your voice be heard that America needs to stop being a place where anyone can purchase a gun regardless of their past crimes or mental state and then wreak havoc on innocent victims simply because the NRA’s slogan says guns don’t kill people – people kill people.
Gun control needs to happen in this country which is NOT saying that anyone will lose their 2nd Amendment rights. But something must be done to stop lunatics and religious fanatics from being able to kill at will those they deem inferior. If you want a gun that badly aren’t you willing to wait a month? Aren’t you willing to have your fingerprints run? I know I would happily do both if I wanted to own a gun. Worse yet, if someone is on the damn FBI watch list – don’t hire him as a security guard! (Who’s the hiring idiot who made that call?)
Hey, avid NRA supporter former Vice President Dick Cheney has a lesbian daughter. I wonder how he’d feel if she’d been in the line of fire Sunday night?
Ok, I’m dropping the mic now and getting off my soap box.