Northeast Wisconsin
September 2014

September 2014

A life worth living

“Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, five times more, perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps 20. And yet it all seems limitless.” —Paul Bowles, “The Sheltering Sky”

Why are you running?

Our culture is obsessed with the concept of being busy. As a result, ours is a hurried existence. Once the morning alarm blares, we race from the moment we step out of bed to the moment we collapse back into it.

The more rushed your day, the more important you are. The more hours you spend at work, the more dedicated you are. The more time you take moving, doing, working, going — the less time you have to ponder whether you are truly fulfilled.

As a nation, we boast of our greatness, yet a dismally small fraction of our days are truly devoted to being happy. We survive solely for the weekend, the next vacation, the upcoming holiday, the newest gadget. But when you’re constantly waiting for “the next big thing,” how many sunrises, embraces from your child, smiles from your partner, walks in the park, enjoyable conversations, cuddles with your pet and phone calls with an old friend have you missed?

When did you last live in the moment? When did you last feel the joy and limitless possibility of life itself?

Take this moment and make it better

Imagine our world with a little less “busy” and a little more happiness. What if we all spent a little more of our days focused on self-fulfillment? When we’re happy, we’re better able to make others happy too.

You can be the spark that makes this happen. Make a promise — right now — to focus on the moment; to experience joy and to share it with others.

If this task is daunting, the articles in the following pages can help. Our writers and advertisers offer tips to help you and yours live well. Learn how to practice mindfulness and stay healthy enough to make the best of your time on this earth. By doing so, you can make a positive difference in the lives of all whom you encounter.

Live today, don’t just survive it. Remember: That new smartphone, the TV, the last email at work can wait. Your happiness and well-being shouldn’t have to.

 

When hitting the town for a good meal, my husband and I always try to find somewhere unique and authentic that uses truly fresh ingredients and takes pride in giving their customers a great experience. That is exactly what we found at Manila Resto in Oshkosh! Authentic and healthy Friends…
Ask any dog or cat owner, and they will tell you their pets help them stay relaxed and healthy. As early as the 1980s, scientific studies were proving this to be true. According to the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, the best effect is felt when actually touching an animal, but…
The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2004 published a commentary by Dr. Halsted Holman of Stanford University Medical School that outlined two transformations that have occurred in health care in the past 50 years. Holman pointed out that the dominant health problem is now chronic disease instead of…
During a 12-month period (2007 to 2008), my mother, Julie Lynn, suffered repeated burns on her face. Her face burned at least once a month that year. The photos you see on this page are of her face during that time. It took us a full year before discovering what…
Custom Health Pharmacy is a compounding pharmacy. Many people get a puzzled look on their faces when hearing that. Compounding is actually what pharmacists did before medications were manufactured. Every medication is made by the pharmacy and dispensed for a specific patient. We make capsules, creams, gels, suppositories, rapid-dissolve tablets…
As summer winds to a close, it is time to prep for the cooler weather of a Wisconsin fall. This often means yard work, and in the fall, yard work turns to leaf management. Many municipalities offer leaf pickup in October and November. Some communities direct residents to place the…
Could the way we are born determine our future health and even impact the future of humanity? These are questions explored in a new feature-length documentary, “Microbirth,” premiering in hundreds of grass-roots public screenings around the world. The local, free screening will take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25,…
Many of us enjoy the change of seasons and have a favorite time of year. Some of this has to do with how it affects our personal health and enjoyment of outdoor activities. Skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling can get us out in the sunshine, while some would rather hibernate…
Amidst today’s fast-paced lifestyle, it is difficult to find a doctor who will take the time to thoroughly discuss your health concerns and take a detailed look at your health history. It is even more difficult to find a doctor who personalizes a treatment plan that addresses the origin of…
Nearly 80 percent of adults will experience some kind of chronic back pain at some point in their lives. Despite that, treating pain is still one of the most overlooked aspects of health care. In fact, many people suffering from pain believe they just have to live with it. But…
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it can also be difficult. With busy, on-the-go lives, we often skip breakfast. Or even worse, we grab for sugar-filled convenience cereals, bars or caffeinated beverages. For those looking for a quick healthy breakfast idea, try these almond blueberry scones!…
When opening Big Impact Fitness, we wanted to bring a fresh look, emphasize making our gym personal and provide a variety of the best personal trainers and class instructors in the Fox Valley. We at Big Impact Fitness want nothing more than to see all clients achieve their goals. We…
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