I’ve been thinking a lot about my own biases and prejudices. In his preface to Leaves of Grass
, Walt Whitman encourages us to “re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and dismiss whatever insults your own soul
…” and so I’ve been scanning my closely-held beliefs and my too-long list of THINGS I KNOW FOR SURE. It’s a useful exercise and I’ll be using February to engage in some mental house cleaning. Too often, I’ll react to a news item by grasping for labels and sorting issues into my well-defined boxes. Second and third looks yield interesting results. For example, I’m trying to learn more about federal land use issues
. This is why I’m not fun at parties.
While in London recently, I found a publication called Father’s Quarterly
in a great little bookstore. I just finished it and I’m happy to recommend it to the fathers on this list. To everyone, really. We are all teachers, mentors, and life-long learners. My favorite piece was an interview with Robin Alderton of Dead Rat Orchestra
, in which he describes “parenthood as improvisation.” My girls have turned me into Thelonious Monk
and I know if I listen generously and work with the notes they’re playing, we’ll be just fine. It’s all about presence. Smash your phone.
. I’m a few weeks into my Wendler Strength Training Program
and let me just say it’s simple and it works. My swole sister, Amanda, and I are focusing on 4 lifts: deadlift, back squat, front squat, and strict press. If strength is on your list for 2016, you might consider something simple like this to jump start your progress. Being physically strong has scores of health benefits and interesting carry-over to other parts of life. My friends Steph & Z would tell you anything that makes you harder to kill
is worth your time. Because … zombies. Have you listened to Steph’s podcast yet?
My friend, Brad Pilon
, graciously answers my random texts about intermittent fasting, body composition, and Scotch and when I look back over several years of journals a very obvious pattern emerges for me. My body responds well to calorie restriction and so, over the years, I’ve used Brad’s Eat, Stop, Eat protocol
to shed unwanted
body fat. Some of it I’m keeping just in case! I did not build intermittent fasting into my January plan so it’s going in now. A 24-hour fast once a week works best for me.
I’ve been travelling a lot lately, which has been fun, but nothing interesting is on the calendar right now. While I will enjoy the break from airports and hotels, I think it’s important to have something to look forward to later in the year. I’m thinking about a meditation retreat or maybe something like what Alastair Humphreys calls a “microadventure
”. My friend Dr. J and I did one of these last year that included the Six Gap Century
and then some rafting on the Nantahala
. We’re taking suggestions. I’d love to hear about your microadventures and how you recharge.
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