Thursday, November 18, 2010
I write this post on the lanai of a Maui condo, the Pacific’s soothing purr serenading me, the trades flitting the tips of the palm trees gently massaging my brain, my soul, my essence.
What could possibly upset my mood? (besides, of course, the guy in the condo next door, constantly clearing his nose and throat - or is that an imitation of a constipated seal?)…anyway, where was I?
Living in the moment.
That’s not to say that all moments are ones that we relish living in, but they are our moments, good or bad, breathtaking or prosaic; ours nonetheless. And ours that need to be embraced each and every day.
A few days ago, while sipping a refreshing beverage at an ocean-side establishment, sun-soaked and so relaxed it hurt, the familiar refrain of stress and irritation associated with my mainland job somehow nettled its way into my mind. They can be persistent, pesky little irksome imps, these stressors. My aloha spirit suddenly shifted with the speed of a nearby jet ski racing along the water.
I mentioned this to my wife, and she gave me a look that only nearly twenty years of coexistence can clearly be communicated without words.
Something like: “Knock it off, moron, you’re on vacation in Hawaii!”
The moment, good or bad, has to be where you are at now.
There’s an old saying from back in the day that goes something like:
“Right now is a great place to be.”
Is this an easy task?
If, like me, you are a planner, someone who is constantly juggling a plethora of thoughts and ideas, brainstorms and things-to-dos, in his head, living in the moment can be a constant challenge. Especially while on vacation, a time to pretend that you haven’t a care, possess endless streams of cash, and your career back home is nonexistent.
Meditation helps. I sit and try to clear my mind through meditation daily. And for that half-hour I do a pretty decent job of letting go, living in the moment. They key is to then take that focus of existing in the now along with you the rest of your day.
Again, easier said than done.
But do you really want to wish your life away? Dream of doing something else or being somewhere else or thinking about anything other than where you are…right…now? This moment?
Good or bad, amazing or mundane, superb or sub par, this is your life. Your moment.
Every day in every way.
Until next time…
**Please check out this video I made for a contest my friend Robin Easton is having at her amazing site, "Naked In Eden." And please also read her book by the same name.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Whenever I have the good fortune to visit Maui, I often partake in the regional produce. Across the street from the condo where my wife and I stay, a farmer’s market, loaded with local fruits, veggies, and other homemade products, conducts a brisk and relaxed, aloha-spirited exchange of goods and smiles bartering for our hard-earned mainland cash.
Each time I visit Hawaii I make it a point to try something different, something healthy, while learning as much about it from the friendly island folk as I can, helpful souls who take the time to explain, no doubt for the hundredth time, what it is they are vending.
Over the past few years I have been lucky enough to discover:
* Passion fruit
* Star fruit
Recently, I grabbed a handful of green and yellow orbs, asked my friend across the table what they were, and happily discovered guava, adding that tasty and healthy fruit to my growing repertoire of nutritional delights.
What is guava?
So glad you asked.
Guava grows on trees (in fact, my local amigo at the market informed me that in his backyard grew a prolific guava tree that produced the very fruit in my hands, but he was constantly battling his Vietnamese potbellied pig for them; yes, pigs, and most animals, love guava!) in tropical climes like Hawaii - also Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Africa, and even Florida.
Guava has both a sweet and sour taste, depending on ripeness (you gotta try it yourself to fully understand), with little edible seeds one has to navigate as you munch your way through one.
But taste alone is not what makes guava a worthwhile venture to discover. Guava is also considered a super food - and that’s a good thing!
Why, you ask?
* loaded with dietary fiber
* four times the vitamin C as an orange
* low in calories
* no fat or cholesterol
* good source of folic acid, potassium, copper, and manganese
* antioxidants! (high in carotenoids and polyphenols)
* vital part of POG
Huh? Um, what the heck is POG?
Oh, POG is an Hawaiian fruit drink made from Passion fruit, Orange juice, and, you guessed it, Guava. (stay tuned for a couple of videos from my recently concluded trip to Maui about POG in the coming weeks)
Guava can be enjoyed in many different ways:
- juices (like POG)
- ice cream
- with fish
- or right off the tree (watch out for pigs, though)
You need not travel all the way to Maui to taste guava (though that’s not a bad idea, is it now?), just search your local produce aisles and ask around. I wish you luck, because besides tasting amazing, guava is a super food worth discovering.
Until next time…
Saturday, November 6, 2010
This past week a good friend of mine passed away. Sad, very sad. He was my age. We grew up together, played baseball together. Used to hang out Saturday nights together before we started hanging out with our future wives. But that was a while ago; decades. Why did I lose touch with this old pal?
It doesn’t matter that I hadn’t seen or spoken to my friend who is gone for ages; his lose struck me as strongly as if I’d just recently spoken to him. I understand that childhood buddies often grow apart through the years, due to geographical, philosophical, or any or ophical-reasons. But just like reminiscing about an old flame or ex-wife, even a relationship that sadly turned sour after it was once nothing but sweetness, one should not forget what was, especially now when they are no longer here.
This was the third contemporary of mine to have died over the past few years. One sad, but true, commonality was the state of each of their health, and how they lived their lives (not as healthy as I wished they did) every day—a very common topic of this website.
I have mentioned many times over how the death of my father—twenty years ago this coming January—changed my life. How through his death I grew stronger, healthier, more focused and determined…you could even say that my dad’s death was the genesis of livelife365.
All this leads me to the theme of my website, of Mike Foster:
Every day in every way.
That doesn’t mean to just work at losing weight, eating better, turning bad habits into better ones, enjoying hobbies, bettering relationships, laughing, loving, living. It means to cherish your time on earth, this precious commodity that sometimes seems ridiculous or stressful or mundane. But more often than not is wonderful, inspirational, amazing and worthwhile.
When we lose someone close to us, mortality pokes a finger on our shoulder and whispers the frailty of life into our ears. A wake up call, a reminder. Sad, for sure, but something that we need to hear from time to time.
The best send off for my friend, for me at least, is to remember the good times, the smiles and giggles, those years we hung out together as if they were yesterday.
And mostly to learn through this unfortunate death how vital and precious our time on earth is, and the lesson we must all remember: not to waste a second.
M.T., B.H., D.W. R.J.P
Until next time…
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I have just returned from a two week vacation on the amazing island of Maui. I am in the process of editing hours of video to share with everyone. I am rested, relaxed, reinvigorated, and ready for action.
Please enjoy this ono view from my lanai as I get my mainland act together...
Until next time...