Sunday, June 19, 2011

Field of Excellence: Caring and Non-Attachment (Cross-Post)

I recently went to a SoHo cognac-tasting event by the House of Louis XIII, makers of fine champagne for decades. We sat in red velvety seats and saw film of how the House has operated. The French host was polite and beaming. Of course he wanted to sell the product at the end, but the overall atmosphere was that of caring, caring for the long process of picking the best soil, finest grapes, and best cask for the product. A high percentage of the grape product went into making excellent Remi Martin cognac, while a tiny percentage went into Louis XII cognac. He showed us how the cask was imperfect on certain edges, to show it was hand-made. He was proud of the 15-year-old barrel, made of 250-year-old oak, and revealed to us at a heightened moment when the film screen went up to the ceiling.

Caring will make it more likely you have a higher level of integrity, a higher level of success in what you do, and love life along the way. Bring this caring to your fitness routine. Here's the catch: What you care about is your choice. It may even change. How you want to look, as long as you are healthy, is your choice.

Most of this post will be cross-posted to
My new fitness book Pocket Guide to Fitness Edition II is out now!

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