Buenos Dias Amigos,
Do you feel that vitality in the air? Well that’s because this week’s Coffeetalk segment is radiating with positive vibes thanks to my two special guests, Dawn Burvill and Justina Waschuk, co-owners of YogaNation in Red Deer. YogaNation has become my home away from home while living in Central Alberta and I largely have these two ladies to thank for bringing a sense of community to my life. Whether you’re a dedicated yogi already or someone on the fence about giving yoga a shot, this segment is worth its weight in gold!
- This Mailbag is all about the human body so let’s get started with none other than one of “the” faces of Silicon Valley – Tim Ferriss and his SxSW talk “Hacking The Human Body“. Some really interesting tips and pointers…
- A friend of mine, Jared, introduced me to Mark Sisson and his “Primal Blueprint“, as he learned of this machine through a Tim Ferris podcast. Mark has a very interesting contrarian view of fitness in contrast to how popular media outlets have tried to educate society at large. His perspective is quite different but I’ve slowly tried to adopt some of his dietary principles into my life and so far, so good!
- There’s really no way to describe this ESPN E-60 clip as anything other than “wow, what a beauty!”… The hockey tournament that is as much about having “beauty flow” as it is about winning on the scoreboard…
Quote of the Week: “The difference of a person’s fate is decided from what a person spends in his free time between 20:00 to 22:00 . Use these two hours to learn, think and participate in meaningful lectures or discussion. If you persist for several years, success will come knocking on your doors.” – Li Ka Shing
Song of the Week: In the yogi spirit, this is a 30-song playlist I’ve put together for what I would envision being a very “power flow” type class. The songs are in a specific order and meant to get one in the zone as your sweat glands start to flow like the Mississippi. Take a listen here via Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/mwilkesy/playlist/7B1BbOdrCZtusFextg1H9V
To end a great edition, I’d like to share a great story about what the Mailbag is all about as people ask me all the time why I write it… I could give you a shpeel about why I originally started writing a weekly note to a few close friends and it blossoming from there but I’ll save that and share why I’ve chosen to let it grow organically…
A few weeks ago in the last Coffeetalk segment, Rick included his junior high math and science teacher, Mr. Matthews, as one of his dinner guests if he could choose any 3 people in the world to have dinner with. Rick lost touch with Mr. Matthews years ago and even forgot his first name but said he reminisced upon his relationship back in the day with fond memories… Well, a good friend of mine in Toronto and loyal Mailbag reader, Chris, tracked down Mr. Matthews the old fashioned by skimming through a Maritimes edition of the Yellowpages and left a few voicemails for different “Mr. Matthews” to see if one of them was in fact “Mr. Matthews”. A few weeks later, Chris received a callback from one of them who is now well into his 80’s and lives in a seniors facility. Chris briefly spoke with “the Mr. Matthews” and followed up by sending him a print copy of the Mailbag that featured Rick along with both of their contact information so that Rick could try to arrange to take Mr. Matthews out for dinner in Halifax. If that isn’t a salt of the earth, people helping people story, I don’t know what is. Chris certainly didn’t have to pull out the Yellowpages and cold call a couple of numbers but he did so out of generosity and the good of his own heart. Perhaps, this story will inspire you to do a good deed for someone in your life, whether they’re a small or big part of your life.
People helping people… It really is a beautiful thing!