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So, did you get a chance to look into the concept of ikigai?

I am reading a book, Ikigai- Giving Every Day Meaning and Joy,

By Yukari Mistsuhashi.

Interesting title, one can give each and every day meaning and joy.

Not a bad idea.

But here’s the challenge- beings, that’s you and me- love problems. We create them simply to have something to do by solving them.

I think with all the “hot rodding”  your body podcasts, and all the metrics and electronics, one could be pushed into making his body a problem.

I can assure you that this is not a good idea- to make your body a problem.

Okay, so the right arm is weaker than the left, or the left leg is smaller than the right.

Yeah? And so…?

Many years ago I had this girlfriend who was giving me a hard time about having short legs. Everyone was laughing.

Her dad came into the room and asked what was so funny

They told him about my short legs.

He looked at me, and asked…,

“Do they reach the ground?”

Of course, they did.

“So they are long enough!”

Regardless, they worked exactly how legs were supposed to work.

“Oh, but the research says…., “

Do you realize that in terms of the ideal swimmer, the research says I have the perfect body?

Long torso, and short legs- Just like Michael Phelps.

The only problem is, he can swim, I can’t.

So much for the perfect swimmer’s body!

Here’s a thought, how many would purchase this app?

A port is implanted into a person’s forearm, and one plugs their phone into it, and it tells them if they are having fun and enjoying this moment in time. It will tell them whether or not they are experiencing their ikigai.

How many would find comfort in knowing this, or consider it just another thing to worry about?

I think we would see people running around all wigged out because their app says they aren’t enjoying themselves, their ikigai is off, and if they would apply themselves and work harder, they could be happier and aligned better with an artificial intelligence’s interpretation, or idea of their of ikigai!

Sit back for a moment and think about what you consider life and livingness. Is this what you are doing?

I ask only because it all comes back to lifestyle.

Riddle me this!

Do diseases and disorders make people sick, or is it the lifestyle that led to such diseases and disorders as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity and cardiovascular disease that caused their illnesses?

If one does their research, it’s lifestyle: sleep, nutrient-dense whole foods, exercise, sunlight, and what could only be described as ikigai!

So all the diagnostics, electronic metrics, guru podcasts, and all of the many other things that are available, and all of it comes right down to how a person lives and most importantly, if they are digging it.

Here’s a favorite quote from The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco.

The Velveteen Rabbit is in the nursery talking to a toy horse about becoming real, and how much he, the Velveteen Rabbit, would love to be a real rabbit.

“Real isn’t how you are made, ” said the Skin Horse, “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

Wow, I think that says it all, really!

One sees that it is only love that makes a person real, not a body regardless of whatever electronic devices are telling you,

“Warning, warning- Will Robinson…,”

It is one’s lifestyle, the meaningfulness of one’s actions on a daily basis, and the love one imbues the world around him with that makes a person real…, in other words- ikigai.

We tend to overestimate what we can achieve in a day, and underestimate what we might accomplish in a  lifetime.

The little things go the furthest and will add up to a life well lived!

Take Care,

Dr. Dave

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