One Apple A Day #893 – I’m back

Isn’t it a bit ironic that the last apple was about health, and then the day I was sick, and I had to pause from this practice for a whole week?
As if my body wanted to remind me that to write or think about something is not the same as doing it.

A lesson is learned only once it becomes actions.
And my body reminded me just that.

I was so focused on some aspects of my life that I forgot about others.
I wasn’t whole. As a result, my defences were low, and I catch a terrible cold that forced me to stay away from those things that were so important and urgent.

And you know what?

The world didn’t stop.

While I was lying on the couch thinking of all the things I couldn’t do, the world kept going on. Some of the things I thought were so important and urgent were not. Projects that I thought would stop without me kept going on.

How many weights am I carrying that I don’t have to?
How often do I take ownership of something only to feel important?

I always believed there is great power in simplicity and subtraction.
Yet, it’s not so easy to transform such a belief into behaviours.
Luckily, my body sometimes is way smarter than me.

One Apple A Day #892 – being whole and healthy

I love words. 

Behind the words that we use every day, there are stories and journeys reflecting and defining our culture and how we see the world.

“All language proceeds as a system of navigation. Named things are fixed points aligned or compared, which allow the speaker to plot the next move”

Bruce Chatwin

Last Friday, I was exploring the word holistic for something I was writing. 

The first surprise for me was to discover that it is a recent entry in the dictionary. It was coined in 1926 by Jan Christian Smuts, a South African soldier and statesman with a passion for natural science. He defined holism as the “tendency in nature to form wholes that are greater than the sum of the parts through creative evolution.”

From there, the words holism and holistic took over, and are now commonly used.

Smuts derived holism from the Greek word holos, meaning “whole”, probably attracted by the similar sound. Yet, apparently, the two words have no etymological connection.

In fact, the word “whole” originated from the Middle English hool. 

So what?

The Greek word holos derives from the Proto-Indo-European root sol-, meaning “whole, well-kept.” From the same root, derive the Latin salvus, “uninjured, in good health, safe” and salus meaning “good health”.

Following this path, it is clear that for our ancestors being healthy meant to be whole. 

What I find fascinating is that the word “whole” shares the same root, the Proto-Indo-European *kailo-, with the word “health”. Again, the same connection transpires.

In all languages, there is a strong connection between being whole and being healthy. Something we should remind ourselves more often.

One Apple A Day #655 – Mens sana in corpore sano.

Mens sana in corpore sano.”

How often have you heard this Latin motto?

Me, millions of time. 

But it never sounds more accurate as in mornings like this, when I wake up with a massive headache.

Trying to keep my mind on even the smallest thought is a challenge, let alone doing my morning writing ritual.

However, I wanted to give it a shot even if I know that the results won’t probably be listed among my best pieces.

One of the reasons I’m writing despite this morning pain is that, to me, that Latin motto works both ways. Indeed, when I’m healthy and fit, my mind thinks clearly and works definitely better. But when my mind is engaged, it’s as if signals are sent to my body saying “come on, wake up, here’s the key to some more energy“. 

Right now, word after word, the tension on my neck is releasing, and I start feeling a little better.

The second reason is that I don’t want to miss the opportunity to cast a vote for the person I want to be.