Change Your Water, Extend Your Life

Rebecca and I just returned from a backpacking trip in the Red River Gorge. While I’ve spent a great deal of time in the back country, it was her first trip. I wanted it to be a positive experience for her and spent a lot of time planning the trip. One of the things I love most about backpacking is you carry everything you need on your back.

Well sort of…I might have told Rebecca once or twice that water is heavy and it’s a lot easier to carry it inside of our bodies, than on our backs. Essentially, we are water bottles. The average adult is 65% water and staying hydrated is critical in the back country to avoid the ill effects of dehydration, such as, headaches, confusion, irritability, and fainting.

It just so happened to be the hottest weekend of the summer. We were tempted to postpone the trip, but we were excited and not sure when we’d get to reschedule. The heat concerned us, so on the drive to the mountains we drank lots of water.

I don’t know about you, but when I drink a lot of water, I feel better. I like to imagine it’s an internal shower washing away all of the grime from my insides. Another analogy I like to use is changing the oil in a car. If you’ve ever done it yourself, then the sludge that pours from the oil pan is much different than the fresh oil used to replace it. The owner’s manual that comes with your car urges you to change the oil on a regular basis to add life to your vehicle.

Water is freshest when it is moving. Like the mountain stream we camped near, it flows down and around obstacles. Think of a stagnant pool. It is not very attractive. Likewise, ask yourself if there are areas of your life that look and feel more like a stagnant pool than lively mountain stream. Sometimes we make the mistake of trying to move that obstacle out of our way, rather than flow around it. Flow like water and change your life.

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As long as Robert can remember, he wanted to be a writer. Like many young people who are called to a creative life, he had to contend with well-meaning friends and family members who discouraged it. While Robert spent most of his career as a successful attorney, he never forgot his dream. In the meantime, he pursued many other interests and was fortunate enough to have some amazing adventures. One of those interests was martial arts. He spent many years studying and teaching Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Robert promised his teacher he would someday write that book he always wanted to write and began to develop a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in a conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to insure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. The Nostrum Conspiracy is Robert’s second book. His first book, Naked Tao, breaks a few rules.

Robert has been blessed with an amazing life and it just keeps getting better. He lives in Louisville with his beautiful wife and children. "Bad Bob" is a tongue-in-cheek nick name bestowed upon him by his co-workers when he showed up at his law firm one day on a new Harley. Robert is a martial arts master and has taught over 600 students.

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