This is my dad doing a perfect toe stand. He is 82 years old. He eats a healthy diet and is always in the middle of reading 5 different inspirational books. He is more than happy to show any perfect stranger his newest yoga moves. If you're talking to him on the phone, he's probably jumping on his trampoline. At any given time, he has a post-it on his bathroom mirror with a list of goals. Saunas, sunbathing and juicing are part of his regular routine. If you met him today, you'd never guess that 20 years ago he didn't know anything about health. He had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, drank coffee all day out of a plastic cup and worked a high stress job. If you met him today, you'd never guess that he was once a malnourished 5 year old, separated from his parents during the Holocaust, starved almost to death, too weak to walk.
He always said nothing ever came easily to him, and that his one natural talent was discipline. He dreams big, writes them down and envisions them coming to be. His favorite quote is, "I will prepare myself, and the opportunity will come." -Abraham Lincoln
20 years ago he made a commitment to be healthy and never looked back. I have never seen an 80 year old man stand up so straight or have so many exciting future plans. He has no pain in his body and is not on any medications. When he renewed his life insurance, he was rated at the top half of the top 1% in his age group. I hope his story is a spark that lights a fire in those who feel hopeless or who have suffered setbacks and disadvantages. He is my favorite example of what is possible. Another treasured quote of his:
"Never, never, never, never give up." -Winston Churchill