I had a very interesting conversation with a couple of friends on the patio of Panera Monday afternoon. It was a gorgeous fall day and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. One person there was a new friend so we were attempting to get to know each other better through our conversation. It wasn’t long into our time when I realized I was sitting with a “maven”. That’s a word I learned when my husband and I read a book entitled “The Tipping Point”. A maven is a collector of information. He is interested in lots of things and collects information like a magnet collects metal. Amazing to me is the fact that they can pull these facts out when the appropriate topic comes up.
We began to discuss health issues in our lives. As we attempted to share personal struggles and goals, he shared information. He knew names of people, places and things. He referred to things done or tried years ago. He nodded in agreement with things we said. All of these things were true and he was enthused and sincere about them. He made me think of me. I’m a nurse. I know many facts about health. I witness on a nearly daily basis people dealing (or not dealing) with their health issues. I see the consequences. It begs the question what would happen if we all implemented 2 or 3 of the “facts” that we already know. Why don’t we try it for a week, just one week, that’s all I’m asking? Choose 2 or 3 things you already know, for example:
you should drink at least 8 glasses of water daily
a meat portion is the size of the palm of your hand or a deck of cards
you need 7-8 hours of sleep on a regular basis (most nights)
desserts are a treat not a staple in your diet
The list could go on and on. Let me know what you choose to do for one week. Come on, join me! Who knows you might encourage someone else!