What’s your plan? (09/04/2019)

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Patience and time are two things that I am in short supply of. One I seem to have none of and the other is just slipping away. I am happy to say that I am off the crutches, but the pain I am experiencing due to a Medial Head Gastrocnemius Tear is slight compared to numerous aches and pains I’m developing gimping along trying to keep the weight off my calf muscle. I am not going to mention the embarrassment I feel waddling along quite funny looking I suppose. So, my specialist says that this will mend with more time and patience. Well, I just reviewed that.

September is officially Self-improvement month. It is to remind us that we all need to improve and take care of ourselves. A few interesting tidbits; Tony Robbins is perhaps recognized as the most notable self-improvement guru of modern times, Dr. Joyce Brothers started offering advice on a TV show back in August of 1958, and Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People came out in October, 1936.

September 1 was the official day of observance. Nationaldaycalendar.com suggests that we celebrate by taking some time to improve ourselves and setting goals to help on the path to making us better (forget the path, make it a multi-line superhighway toward perfection). I came across a figure of $11 billion spent annually in the US to improve personal, mental, and physical health. Can’t help but think that they left out financial; it’s most likely a mega billion-dollar industry of its own.

Why not make improvement a habit? Start to cultivate an improvement mindset. Pick a goal that will put a smile on your face upon completion. Write it down and start your work toward it. Crossing off a completed improvement will bring you satisfaction and a positive attitude. Not performed by the due date; ok, refocus and knock it out. There are those who would say that you are now being ‘Mindful.’

Mindfulness has a reason and it can be a tool to develop mindset. My over simplified definition is that it places a person in the here and now and allows them to get out of the past. The past has its purposes but living in it isn’t one of them. There is a reason for each new day! Scientist and therapist declare that mindfulness techniques improve well-being, relieve stress, lower blood pressure, and reduce chronic pain among other things. It is worth some continued exploring.

Mindfulness and Self-improvement Month are a good combination. I was on my way to the kitchen and wobbled wrong. I forgot why I was heading this way! I’ll have to think on it. ■

— Scott Arens is a lifelong resident of Arbuckle. To contact Scott email scott@arenscp.com