The Well Challenge

On a weekend in early January, I was reading the New York Times and came upon the NYT 30 Day Well Challenge.  Since the New Year was already upon us and I had yet to come up with a resolution of any kind, I figured I’d take this on.

I like a challenge.  I signed up.

The challenge was built around four words that promised to lead to a healthier life (and who doesn’t want that?).  The four words were: Move, Nourish, Refresh, Connect.

These seemed like simple, yet important ideas. 

The first part of the challenge was to reflect and set a goal. Here’s what I wrote on day #1:

I move, but I need to move more.

I nourish, but I’m sure I could eat healthier foods and try out some new things.

I do refresh, but need to do a great deal more of this.

And I’m pretty good at connecting.

So…I think Move and Refresh will be my focus areas.

I hope, at the end of the 30 days, to feel stronger, healthier, more grounded, more connected, and more prepared to live this life that lies ahead of me!

Today is day #28 of the challenge.  I have been a faithful participant. I have completed all but two of the day’s challenges (one was to eat less bread at breakfast – not sure I can manage that one, and one was a meditation – I’ve flagged that and plan to do it sometime soon…see, not so good at the refresh part). I do feel a bit stronger, a bit more refreshed, connected, and nourished.  I also feel proud. I’ve taken on a challenge and I’ve succeeded.

I feel like maybe I can answer Mary Oliver’s question at the end of her poem The Summer Day with just a bit more confidence.

The Question:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

My Answer:

Move, Nourish, Refresh, Connect

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