After finishing work I saw that my father called and left a voice message.
It’s turns out my uncle was taken to the hospital after having chest pains and was immediately scheduled for a heart catheterization.
He has had heart issues in the past (having a heart-attack in his early 30’s) and also quite a few other health problems from what I gather has resulted from some lifelong habits such as smoking and a poor diet.
Fast-forward a couple days and the catheterization quickly became a full-blown open heart, triple-bypass surgical procedure.
I visited him yesterday and he was obviously in all sorts of pain, but in good spirits as he usually is.
The first thing he said to me was “John, don’t smoke.”
It kind of made me flashback to when my late grandfather, this same uncle’s father said the exact same thing to me when I visited him under a similar circumstance in the hospital.
“John, don’t smoke.”
Seeing these gentleman who I love and admire in these circumstances definitely causes thoughts and reflection of my own mortality and how life is precious, maybe fragile and the simple fact that tomorrow is promised to none of us.
I enjoy reading the daily news from some pretty diverse websites.
I like to hear perspective from opposing viewpoints and possibly opposing agendas so that I can see all sides of issues and make up my own conclusions on topics ranging from politics, to sports, to fitness and nutrition etc.
I have discussed in the past about my affinity for red wine and my thoughts on including it as a supplement to a healthy diet, so I was a little surprised this morning when I saw an article describing about how new studies suggest that red wine is very bad for your health.
At first when I started reading the article my perspective was lets just say sort of “skeptical” to say the least.
Here I was, a major proponent of the health benefits of red wine and this article was stating everything I believed is inaccurate. But, I read on.
As I read, I started to think about perspective and how important that is to any subject.
The article was very well written, didn’t seem to have any particular underlying agenda and contained some very good points.
Will I toss out my bottle of Cabernet?
In my opinion a great way to monitor physical, mental & emotional health is energy and I am blessed with an enormous amount and feel great.
However, I think the take home is that it is extremely important to continuously monitor yourself and keep a open mind to all viewpoints and opinions.
You never know where a new idea, breakthrough, or improvement to your quality of life may come from.