- I have been a teacher of fitness and health for thirty years. In 1989 I was certified for personal training with the National Acadamy of Sports Medicine. I had a gym in Santa Barbara for eight years. Co-owned and created a spinning bike company which manufactured bikes for five years. Also I have worked with nutrition companies for twenty years. Along with many wonderful non famous people I have trained many celebrities, and members of the Royal Family. My own athletic past consists of long distance running, long distance cycling, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, rollerblading, hiking, sand running, track work, and weight training. I have authored two fitness columns in local papers, and have been writing this blog since January 2010.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Getting Back to Respect and Values
It frightens me to know that shows like "Jersey Shores", "Bad Girls", and any of the "Housewives" series are the most watched shows of this generation. What is going on that we find entertainment in television where people are disrespectful, rude, obnoxious, stupid, lacking in morals, and engaging in ridiculous behavior.
Watching people scream, yell, and hit each other does not require talent or brains. It falls under the category of the lowest common denominator.
Remember that what you focus on, you create. So if you are focusing on this kind of entertainment, you should question why it is that you find this a good way to spend your time.
I understand that some of it could be funny, but giving your time and focus on a daily bases to this kind of thing will not be benefit you. It will lower your energy, values, and morals, if you infiltrate your brain with this kind of stuff.
It is a rarity to be treated with respect anymore. Whether it is dealing with people in business, or on a personal level, you are more apt to have an experience of disrespect than respect. People are apathetic and self centered for the most part and don't care about being respectful of others.
The morality is another thing that has gone down in past years. Disrespectful language, bad behavior, cheating, lying, and trying to get ahead at the cost of someone else is not practicing good morality.
Gone are the days where we would not want to see someone humiliated and degraded. We now want to see it 24-7. We want to watch people making fools of themselves, drunk and disgusting is good too. Fighting and hitting each other is also great fun! The lower they go on the scale of respect and morality, the more we like it.
Strange but true. We need to shift this. We need to focus on higher energy activities. We need to be respectful and get back to some kind of moral values.
You can start by not giving your time or attention to these types of television show. Another place you can change is any kind of violent, or disrespectful video games that you might play. Find another way to entertain yourself that is healthy and beneficial.
It is no wonder that there is so much violence and lack of respect for each other now. Again, "what you focus on, you create". If much of your attention is spent on negative and ugly entertainment how can you possibly create positive in your life?
Using words like, please and thank-you, will not only make whoever it is you are saying it to feel good, but will make you feel good too. Phrases like, "I'm sorry", or "Excuse Me", are healthy to say when needed.
Helping others and being kind will give you the greatest gift...you will feel good! As the Dali Lama says, "The actual beneficiary of the practice of compassion and caring for others is oneself."
Let's get back to a life of respect and morals which are kind and compassionate of others. You will be happier and healthier for it. This I promise.