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.
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
Move, Nourish, Refresh, Connect