“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
“No man, no power, can bind the action of wizardry or still the words of power. For they are the very words of Making, and one who could silence them could unmake the world.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore
“Bob Marley isn't my name. I don't even know my name yet.”
― Bob Marley
Health and Fitness Centre? Fitness & Well-Being Centre? Life Enrichment Centre? Body/horse Sense? Namaste Now! Another name, a completely new name?
Some examples might help us to see how these names have been used and stimulate further thought.
Follow the links: Life Enrichment Centre, Horse Sense, Namaste, ...
So what if we create the most amazing health and fitness centre in the world here? What will happen?
Some possible answers:
1. People will be healthier and fitter.
2. It will generate health and prosperity for the whole community
3. Portugal will become the Garden of Europe again
4. Books, stories and games will be created about it
5.We will be able to live here happily ever after, celebrating the values associated with the Lusitano horse:-)
What will we need?
- A guiding vision – authentic health and fitness (through and through – eco, including restaurant and production, independent water, sustainable power, to include spirituality) (gym teacher + physiotherapist program and activity)
- An understanding of how to express it: Seven Standards of Textuality*; message structure, verbal, voice (musicality the music of emotions – N.B.:reading with music as a background) and body language.
- Living examples of the vision – horses are powerful examples, but, in general, you can take the very smallest to the largest creatures alive such as Gaia – the living planet.
- Space to experiment and 'work out'
- Time to enact the vision: see 'play'
- It will need to create a flow of income (call in the economist, the expert in tourism)
- It will need to promote respect for the individual's right to do it his/her way – Blake's quote on systems. e.g. Rosa Mota - 'person centric health')
- It will need clear concise guiding principles (See the Power of the Herd by Linda Kohanov)
- An understanding of the reasons for its existence – to make life possible at all – an understanding of what we must relinquish – see transformation – metamorphosis – need for sustainability (call in the Psychologist and an Expert in Nature: geography/environment). See Indian quote, Only when... and texts like, No Morning After by Arthur C Clarke
- Cooperation (between people 'the will' ) (call in the International Relations Specialist/ Tourist Expert) )
- It will reject mindless repetition. Note, real communication/meaning is about significant differences e.g. yeeeeeeeeeeeeees - experiences! It MUST cater to the individual.
- It will need electronic space on the Internet...
- It will need someone to mastermind it/ to orchestrate it... (See Barack Obama: Second Inaugural Address?)
So how about the name, Namaste Now!
Genuine Heath must be about mutual respect, mustn't it?
While we consider, let's look at Seven Rules of Life - adapted from Whisper of the Heart:
1. Make peace with your past so it won't poison the present.
2. What others think of you is none of your business.
3. Time heals almost everything; give it time.
4. Don't compare your life to others and don't judge them. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
5. Stop thinking too much; it's alright not to know the answers. They will come to you when you least expect it.
6. No one is in charge of your happiness, except you.
7. Smile. You don't own all the problems in the world.
So number 5 seems particularly relevant at this moment or, on the other hand, 7:-)