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ZenView – Health and Wealth

By Mary Layton

Health and Wealth

For those of those you haven’t noticed yet, Modesto’s city slogan “Water Wealth Contentment Health” has found a second place to shine in form of a welcoming inscription on one of the pillars supporting the new Pelandale overpass. Seeing this again, I was reminded once more of what this slogan meant to me in terms of Health.

2015 was a super busy year with lots of changes. Throughout the year, we were running to keep up and finally during the holidays we were able to catch our breath. It is during those busy and overwhelming times that we can easily forget to pay attention to our most precious asset: Health. My grandmother who lived in another country used to end every phone conversation with, “remember, health is the most important, my child”. I think she’s got a good point! A headache, a toothache or a stomachache and our momentum is compromised. Health will trump even Wealth because even with all the money in the world, the lack of health makes life less enjoyable. The inconvenience of poor health affects our life, our work, our relationships, our lifestyle. A little change in our lifestyle, a good diet, good thoughts, regular exercise and walking in fresh air can already do a lot.

The health of our environment ties into our own health, our own well being. For example water is important to the vitality of our environment as much as our own well being. Extreme climate changes are difficult to ignore and should in themselves rally us to adjust our routines accordingly. We then are more able to help our community and families. Health brings contentment. People usually make New Years resolutions which often include taking better care of themselves. More than just once a year, we should be concerned with Health all year round. Continuously.

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About the Author:

Mary Layton has practiced T'ai Chi for 35 years and co-founded T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academy of Modesto in1995. She and her partner have taught hundreds of students. Mary travels frequently to learn from her teacher Grand Master Kai Ying Tung. Interested in every aspect of health Mary likes to follow a natural path. She loves writing, painting, gardening, hiking and playing piano.