I love research. I love to learn about new findings in research to help develop plans to assist people with improving their quality of living. The reality, however, is this; research in most cases is no more than our “best educated guess.” This statement is not intended to imply that research is useless. Research is based on information up to the present time. As new information becomes available, the “truth” can and should change.
As a doctor, my study of research has been aimed at creating protocols to help increase human longevity as well as quality of living. These protocols included nutrition, exercise, functional physiology, spirituality and culture. Since scientific studies are capable of proving opposing ideas and concepts, finding the truth (of today) required finding an area of commonalities. The truth, therefore, could be visualized as the area of three interlocking rings that overlap. Each ring by itself contains a truth that may be challenged. The small area that intersects ALL THREE RINGS shares the truth of each ring.
With such a clear picture of truth, why are we so confused about how to achieve longevity and quality living? I believe that advertising and marketing has created “noise” interfering with our ability to follow a clear path. We have the newest diets, exercise programs, sleep improvement bedding, sound and light therapy, religious institutions all directing us in various directions; each representing their OWN CIRCLE and imposing these beliefs and values on us. Rather than helping improve our lives, it complicates them and creates greater confusion.
My research has taught me the following lessons:
The smartest person in school usually is NOT the top achiever in life.
Those who have accumulated great wealth, are NOT usually the happiest people.
The individual that is unsatisfied unless perfection is achieved, FAILS more often than not.
Those who refuse to make decisions unless 100% sure, suffer paralysis of analysis.
Those that rely on others for optimal health, never achieve optimal health.
These patterns of behavior repeat themselves from generation to generation. Aspiring to being the smartest, the richest, the most perfect, the surest and the healthiest sound like noble goals, but truth demonstrates that these goals are nothing more than tomorrow’s fallacies. Those who strive for BALANCE rather than perfection achieve a better quality of life. BALANCE helps re-position people to an area of commonality; the intersection of the three rings. They are smart, financially sufficient, learn from failure and succeed more often as a result, make better decisions, and typically experience a longer quality based life.
Where do you see yourself situated in the three ring example? What changes in your life would you have to make to find BALANCE and HAPPINESS?