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Purdy Long StairsStanding Up For The Planet

A Weekly Blog by Bob Purdy~

“My old enemy, Stairs”!

“Reluctant Kung Fu Panda Master Po” authored one of my favourite lines from one of my favourite movies, “Kung Fu Panda 2”! Po is a somewhat famous, somewhat klutzy, somewhat out of shape, Panda Bear who somehow came to be a Master of Kung Fu in spite of himself and in the movie he manages to bring order to chaos!

Po’s real enemy was in a castle at the top of those stairs, which made his statement all the more funny in the movie! He captured the essence of apprehension perfectly in one simple statement, a statement which also included the perfect facial expression. It’s the kind of statement and expression that I associate with “New Year’s Resolutions”!

I forget the actual stat, however it is a very high number of “New Year’s Resolutions” that fail. Take weight loss for example, the majority of health and exercise programs will fail within the first two weeks, with what’s left of the rest failing shortly afterwards. Relationships are another “New Year’s Resolution” that often head for the pile of bones born of unreasonable expectations. Binge and purge, binge and purge is a cycle that we humans tend towards, and the formula rarely succeeds.

Part of the reason for the high failure rates is pressure to conform, society has arbitrarily picked New Years to make significant change, and ready or not we all tend to dive in! “My old enemy, stairs”. What if we could stack the odds in favor of success? Make a relevant choice, stick to it until it is achieved and incorporate it into our daily lives because it makes sense! What if we put the words “World Class” in front if whatever resolution we choose to make.

Purdy Short Stairs“World”, according to Webster’s is “The Earth and all the people and things on it” and “Class” means “The best of its kind”. The combination of “World and Class” creates an expression, “World Class”, used to define something that is “The best for Earth and all the people and things on it”. Would it make a difference if the resolution you want to make is “World Class”. This definition of “World Class” makes unobtanium obtainable to the masses, it’s not something that just a few rare people on the Planet are capable of. We are all capable of doing things that are “The best for Earth and all the people and things on it”!

Dieting and exercising are not only good for you, they are good for the Earth and everything on it! “World Class” relationships are a no brainer in my World, anything less is, well, less. 2014 has the potential to be an amazing year! As you stand at the bottom of the stairs with apprehension, just take that first step, that first “World Class” step and start your climb to an amazing year!…

Thank you all for an amazing 2013, looking forward to catching up with you in 2014!

Bob Purdy, Standup Paddle Surfing Elder in Training from “Paddle for the Planet”!

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