I was just reading Gwen's latest, about a Mark's Daily Apple post which really resonated with her. HER part of the writing is reasonable and heart-felt, but more and more i get the feeling that what Mark writes is no longer very applicable to me.
That fact doesn't BOTHER me -- i don't expect his writings to have universal applicability -- but more and more he's writing things like (paraphrased) "EVERYONE needs to eat their veggies" and "EVERYONE needs x amount of exercise"....
NO. No, we don't, and i don't care how many appeals to authority he throws in -- actually the more he DOES, the less i'll take him seriously.
I certainly agree that to have a good life you have to prioritize and take care of your own health, through doing and eating things that will make your body and mind perform to the best of its ability. What i disagree with is that one is only doing so when personalizing HIS SYSTEM ... and yes, he's subtle, but that's the message that's coming across. We have to eat what HE considers "healthy," we have to get the KINDS of exercise he describes as effective, we have to participate in physical "play," we have to have the kind of social life that his research shows to be important....
We are all more different than he's giving us credit for. What some people consider "fun" i might consider stress. The diet that makes me feel best is actively harmful to others. Somebody else's cozy social life ... i frequently find disruptive to thought, and smothering.
We can't PLAN joy -- we have to recognize it when it pops out to surprise us. And savor it when it happens.
We can't please everyone, so we gotta please ourselves ... at least part of the time. And not feel guilty about it, or that we're doing it "wrong."