David Brooks is an Op-Ed columnist and the author, most recently, of “The Road to Character,” from which this essay is adapted.
“It occurred to me that there were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral — whether you were kind, brave, honest or faithful. Were you capable of deep love?
We all know that the eulogy virtues are more important than the résumé ones. But our culture and our educational systems spend more time teaching the skills and strategies you need for career success than the qualities you need to radiate that sort of inner light. Many of us are clearer on how to build an external career than on how to build inner character.”
Click above for the full NYT’s article. A really thought-provoking read. The term “unconscious boredom” really resonated with me. This is an actual place many of us call home, perhaps without even realizing it.
It’s easy to overlook all of the things that contribute to our sense of nourishment and fulfillment. It’s not just the food we eat that affects our health, but all of the other factors present in our daily lives. Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity, and a spiritual awareness are essential forms of nourishment. When these “primary foods” are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary. I will support you in achieving all of your goals, from eating the right foods for your body to living an inspired, fulfilling life. We will talk a lot about “primary foods”!!!
Remember when, as a child, you were playing outside, having fun? Suddenly, your mother announced dinner was ready, but you were not hungry at all. The passion of play took all your attention. Sometimes we are fed not by food but by the energy in our lives. These moments and feelings demonstrate that everything is food.
If the energy in our lives dissipates, if we don’t have a passion, intimate relationships, or a strong connection to what we do and who we spend our time with then we are no longer fed by “primary foods”. This can leave a lot of time and space to fill up on “secondary foods”, the food we actually eat. The food we are intended to use as fuel starts to fill up the time and space intended to be feb by “primary foods”.
The Integrative Nutrition Plate emphasizes the importance of local and organic produce, whole grains, high-quality proteins, plant-based fats, and water. It shows you how a plate should appear at mealtime and emphasizes the importance of proportions and portion size. To complete the picture, the plate is surrounded with lifestyle factors that create optimal health: relationship, career, physical activity and spirituality (primary foods). I’ll introduce you to some of the healthiest foods on the planet and teach you how to find what’s healthiest for your unique body!
No two people are the same and food effects us all differently. This is why believe wholeheartedly in the core concept of bio-individuality, and I will teach you all about what this means. In short, one persons “food” can be another persons “poison”. Together we will find you the foods that help feel your best.