Writing my blog has been an evolution of topics, with our core identity always residing in health and wellness, however when I read an article that brings my blood to a boil its time to react and here we go.
In the November 1st edition of Time magazine, (a fine publication that we subscribe to, non-plug, really), the title of the week’s edition is “How to Restore the American Dream”. That in itself made me chew into the topic, because I was feeling like a dunderhead in a way.
I never knew we had lost the dream in the first place, news to a simpleton Midwesterner.
Fareed Zakaria wrote an excellent piece and really upon reading, the first time, I was really pissed off. I mean not that I live in a bubble or anything but I had no idea that we had such a fricking mess on hands. Being the consummate optimist, who is just a regular guy I just kind of figured that we live in a series of cycles economically and as long as you contribute, work hard, and pay your taxes everything will be all right.
Um, guess again, we got a problem on our hands everybody, and this economic mess can have an effect on all of us, so guess what we all need to heed Mr. Zakaria’s thoughts.
Please let me inject his view and then I will follow with why a health and wellness blog has any correlation to this topic. Here we go—
- “The American Dream, for me was this general prosperity and well- being for the average person. European civilization had produced the great cathedrals of the world. America had the two car garage. And this middle-class contentment created a country of optimists. Compared with the fatalism and socialist lethargy that pervasive in India those days, Americans had a sunny attitude toward life that was utterly refreshing.”
Ok so where is the problem, read on-
- “But when I travel form India these days, as I did recently, it’s a world turned upside down. Indians are brimming with hope and faith in the future. After centuries of stagnation, their economy is on the move, fueling animal spirits and ambition. The whole country feels as if it has been unlocked. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the mood is sour. Americans are glum, dispirited and angry. The middle class, in particular, feels under assault. In a Newsweek poll in September, 63% of Americans said they did not think they would be able to maintain their standard of living. Perhaps most troubling, Americans are strikingly fatalistic about their prospects. The can do-country is convinced it can’t.”
Undoubtedly there is evidence of financial issues, and the lingering recession is troubling, however it my opinion that we as a people get pushed against the wall, you better look out, because you don’t want to wake the sleeping giant.
Or maybe that is exactly what we need!
Since I am now over my limit word wise this blog will be continued, because there is much more to discuss, and Mr. Zakaria has many excellent suggestions for the U.S. to recover.
Please let me end this as part one of a two perhaps three part blog. Believe me our health and wellness are going to be talked about, because I truly believe in our greatness, and we just need the focus to regain our edge. And as the link above takes you to, we may have to maintain or level of fitness, because we may have to work longer than most anticipated, hey who said that 50 is the new 30 told us that we need to take better care of our bodies.
Let me end this weeks blog by saying this, America and Americans are great, and with the right mindset this great ship and its mission will be righted, that I am positive about!
Thanks again for reading and watching the video, look for part two in my next post.
“Efficiency is the foundation for survival. Effectiveness is the foundation for success.”
John C. Maxwell