Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cupcakes for the Amish!

I posted the following blog entry --  Too Busy to Ever Really Get Anything Done -- back in Dec 2009 originally. Funny thing is, it's still all true. Maybe even moreso with all the advances in handheld devices, geo-targeted marketing strategies and instant messages. We are crippled with the inability to create long-term goals because we are so busy dealing with short-term, reactionary issues that quite literally pop up repeatedly over the course of a normal business day. It's like microwave popcorn only not quite as tasty.

Which altogether makes me entirely too exhausted. And also leaves me for want of a simple afternoon filled with simple pleasures commonly disguised as inconveniences. Do you agree? Here's the article...

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There are 5 stages of grief. Eight stages of listening. 12 steps in a recovery process.
There are 1,860 steps to the top of the Empire State Building.
There are over 5,100 stone steps in the Great Wall Marathon that takes place every year.
Australia's Highway 1 is the longest national roadway spanning over 12,000 miles.
Across the globe, there are varying levels of complication and political tyranny; including our own levels of government.


There are multiple stages of declaring bankruptcy and layers upon layers of documentation for adoption, divorce, marriage, birth, death and imprisonment.

Yet research shows that one of the most physically fit groups in American culture is that of the Amish. According to a study, these stress-free folk cover an average of 18,000 steps a day. Something like averaging 6 hours of hardcore heavy physical exertion a week, 35+ hours of moderate activity and 6 miles of walking. No cell phones, computers, televisions, iPods, treadmills, microwaves, curling irons, Tomtoms, Blackberrys...

How is it that we have so much and yet we end up with so little? I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

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So, what do we do about it? We celebrate! Friday, May 27 is National Cupcakes and Cocktails day...let's all act like we are Amish and reward all our hard work with a cupcake. And perhaps a cocktail or two, too!