Exercise as a tool to use for personal physical development is fantastic but, is it enough to make an impact on your usefulness in a wider sense?
Here’s my odd question for you; “Are you erful”?
What the hell is erful? Well, I do like to make up words to define ‘things’ which other words don’t quite purvey. In this case, it’s simple the conjoining of er and ful, the suffixes to many (positive) adjectives.
Only a few things are important in life. Money, car, mortgage on awesome home, latest iPhone, annual overseas holiday, designer shoes? Nope, I argue these are not vital or important in life if your intentions are wholesome, honest and healthy. No one really cares if you have these. As we get older our family and friends won’t care about what we have. They will be concerned with what we can do for ourselves and others. Can we move well, get dressed, feed and bathe ourselves and do we have good health and friends.
“What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.” ~ the Dalai Lama
I love to make use of training, exercise and to practice the physical elements that make up a healthy physical recipe for me and my clients but I am really starting to contemplate how we can follow a better recipe for improved general usefulness. Maybe it’s the current situation where coronavirus is now part of our day-to-day vocabulary. Maybe it’s an increased awareness of the people around us. How are they? Are they struggling in any way? Are they wary of me? Am I contagious? Can I help in some small way? If you’re not sleeping so well right now, it’s possibly because your brain is ticking over these thoughts in your subconscious.
I want to be more useful in general to myself, my family, my community in the ‘now’ and in the future.
How do we do that? I am actually not too sure. What I do know is that it’s a practice that starts with turning up, starting something and learning on the fly with hint of preparation of course.
About a year ago I did start this process with the realisation that strength and mobility training to be just stronger and more mobile was less useful than I first thought in the absence of purpose and context. I wrote about this over a few posts but now I realise that the other stuff beyond the strict, formulaic physical actions must be included.
We need more play, more social interaction of the non-internet type, we need more friendly eye contact and ‘hello, how are you’, we need to offer our help to others more often. It would be great if we could develop more of this whilst continuing to be more physically healthy.
My mid 2020 calendar was filled originally with more social sessions in the great outdoors that included meeting up, doing some strength work, play, balance, climbing, cooking up a BBQ and having a laugh. Hopefully soon I can roll these out so I can dive deeper into being more erful!
Are you already erful or do you want to be more erful? Get in touch if you have a story to share or if you’d like to join us some time.