Short Take: Contribution/ Giving
Recently I wanted a private lesson for salsa. Having been away from dance a long time, I was in danger of losing all I’d picked up this year. So I had to find a partner, and FAST.
A quick explanation of private lessons. In partner dancing, you generally go for group classes. When you want to accelerate your progress you take private lessons. It’s like a personal training session, where you get individual attention: clearing doubts, correcting mistakes, and honing individual skills. After training clients of my own, it’s good to be on the receiving end!
For private lessons, this partner has to be at the same skill level or higher, willing to give time, expend energy, and travel to the studio after a day’s work. This is for an hour lesson in which she will probably learn little if anything.
Therein lies the rub.
Welcome back! Last time we set out on a little journey to find a workable definition of what health is.
To many people, health is an abstract concept, understood vaguely only as the absence of illness in perhaps the same way an abstract concept like “Evil” is often defined as the “Absence of Good”. They know it’s important, they know they want it, but what IT is exactly is hard to pinpoint.
So I presented the AA35 Pillars of Good Health framework as a way to illustrate components that make up good health. By understanding what these are, we will be able to start doing something concrete to support each pillar, building up a storehouse of good and robust health.
We have so far looked at the first two pillars, Freedom from Illness and Freedom from Injury. Today we look at the other three.
I recently fell sick for two weeks, causing a snowballing backlog of things to do, from work to personal projects to business planning and… yes, writing in this blog.
That got me thinking about health: what it is, and how we often take it for granted. The effects are not just the immediate suffering but also the aftermath – having to make up for lost time, lost work, and lost opportunities.
In my consulting and speaking engagements, I often ask people:
What is good health?
Almost always I get an answer that defines health as the absence of illness or disease.
That vague idea is a huge problem and obstacle to actually having good health, because it’s so abstract.
Theres’s nothing more abstract than having to define something as the absence of something else. And this definition ensures that people have little motivation to understand what health is as long as they don’t feel anything is wrong.