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April’s theme is ‘Be Healthy’ – or even better, ‘Be Happy’

By Amy Matsumoto, SMPS Seattle President, KPFF

Be Healthy. What exactly does that mean? 

After being sick for most of last month, I’m just relieved I’m no longer experiencing debilitating sinus headaches every day and I am back to “being healthy”, meaning not sick. However, we all know being healthy encompasses a lot more than being; not sick. Everyone interprets being healthy differently. To some, it could mean exercise and clean eating. To others, maybe it’s grabbing a rice krispie treat for breakfast because rice krispies are cereal, it just happens to be in a rectangle form, and not in a bowl with milk – and isn’t breakfast the most important meal of the day? Clearly, I’m not here to judge or preach about what I believe is healthy; but maybe we can explore or instill positive thoughts! 

What do you do to stay healthy? We SMPSers have busy worlds of proposal deadlines, meetings, emails and stress. Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the world of work and routine and for convenience sake, healthy decisions may get set aside. 

Deadlines and stress….One week ago this is as far as I got writing this blog post.

You may notice (or may not!) this posting is late this month. Admittedly, I’ve been struggling with how to get to the point of the Be Healthy theme. I was somewhat regretting my decision to change April’s theme to Be Healthy, because a few weeks ago, my friend, Siegfried Kohl, was dying of Sarcoma. To write a blog post to “be healthy” wasn’t doing it for me. He passed away on Monday. Since then, I’ve been reflecting about the time I had with him and pouring through the hundreds of tributes made to him. He was an unintentional inspiration to so many people.

Every year Seattle SMPS gives a community donation of $500 to a non-profit. This year Seattle SMPS gave to the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation in honor of Sig. (We received the thank-you letter from the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation the day he passed away).

As the late ESPN announcer Stuart Scott said, “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

Then this morning I saw this: “Happiness is the highest form of health.” -Dalai Lama

How perfect. But, I suppose you can’t go wrong with a quote from the Dalai Lama. 

With a little help from my friend Sig, Stuart Scott, and the Dalai Lama, I found the point. I said I wasn’t writing to preach about being healthy. Here’s one reminder: Make the time every day to do something that makes you happy and health will follow. Enjoy the outdoors. Listen to your favorite song. Play sports. Ask someone who makes you laugh out to lunch. Spend time with family. The list goes on. 

Let me ask now: What do you do to be happy? 

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  1. Susan Kemp

    Apr. 22, 2016

    Such a heartfelt blog post, thank you for sharing that with us.


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