Life Is A Juggle
“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air.
But one day, you finally understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls…are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”
― James Patterson, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas
Here at Wild Foods, we believe in balancing the many factors that make up a healthy life.
While our list closely resembles the one above, we would like to expand on it just a bit…
It looks like this:
- Health – Mental and Physical
- Family – This includes family and friends, which are, to us, the same thing.
- Purpose – This is our work. The work we do fulfills us, and that hopefully contributes to the world and our fellow man in some way.
- Faith – Human beings have to believe in something. What you think is yours is as fundamental to life as oxygen for all men.
As the quote above suggests, health, family, and faith need constant “judging” and upkeep. If you are to drop one of these, in some way, you are likely to suffer long-term damage.
Work and purpose are more free-flowing. It is constantly changing. Sometimes we wax and wane; many continually figure it out.
Our work and purpose can’t be fully fulfilled if the other aspects of our life are not in check.
Every ounce of strain on your relationships or health will inflict stress on your work.
(This is why I prioritize 8 hours of sleep a night no matter what.)
Nutrition and exercise are fundamental to health. We all know this. But most people don’t realize how much they affect mental health, which affects your work and purpose.
It’s all one big interconnected circle.
This is one of the reasons Wild Foods was founded. I believe in the importance of food and nutrition and how they are closely tied to human health and happiness. To put it simply, we don’t take these things lightly!
This serves as a reminder the next time you find yourself forging one of the pillars of health.
The next opportunity you have to make a better food choice, or the opportunity to spend time with friends and family, or the chance to pursue purposeful work, don’t hesitate. Act knowing you are doing a great thing for your health and life.
And if you are constantly forgoing the other aspects of life so you can chase hollow goals of money, fame, and power, stop for a moment and consider at what price.
Everything comes with a price, especially tangible success.
If you put health, friends, family, and faith first, and then your life’s work, you have–we believe–the recipe for a long healthy life full of happiness.
Yours in Health and Happiness
–Colin Stuckert, Founder