Gentle Wake-up Calls

In February 2018 filmmaker Kevin Smith (aka “Silent Bob”) suffered a massive heart attack and underwent emergency surgery. He’s less than a year older than me, so he was only 47 at the time. Afterwards he switched to a vegan diet and dropped more than 50 pounds. In his latest film Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, he also made his character Silent Bob vegan and weaved that transformation into the plot. It’s great to see how much healthier and younger he looks now. Life gave him a major wake-up call, and he accepted the opportunity to make some real lifestyle changes. I’m glad he’s sticking around since I love Kevin Smith movies. Sometimes I find it hard to relate to people who don’t. 😉 In framing the coronavirus situation, I’ve noticed that many people are also framing this as a wake-up call, but usually not for themselves. They see it as a wake-up call for the world, for politicians, for voters (other than themselves), for the healthcare system, for people they’d label as idiots, etc. So the invitation isn’t personal most of the time. While this is understandable, I invite you to look for the personal wake-up call in this situation even if you don’t think you need one. I don’t feel the need for a personal wake-up call right now either. My life and business were humming along nicely when this virus came onto the scene. And even after it appeared, the disruption to my own life has been minimal r...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Creating Reality Source Type: blogs

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Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news
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Source: International Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Letter to the editor Source Type: research
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