Wise Words From Uncle Wally
by Marissa Sappho, LCSW, BCD
Uncle Wally is my friend and I want him to be your friend too. Not only is Warren "Uncle Wally" Buffett, one of the wealthiest men in the world, he is revered for his financial, political, and social acumen. In fact, many people (including those not in the financial industry) read Buffett's annual letter to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway. His friend Bill Gates, even has a few kind words for Buffet.
You may be wondering what does a man worth $70 Billion dollars have to do with Wellness Wednesday? Warren Buffet has become a go to source for words of wisdom on everything from investing, to social behavior, to decision making & career planning, and even the realm of self care. Read what Uncle Wally has to say about taking care of one's body & mind.
"Here is a message that I think is very important to get across...I express it like this: Every fifteen-year-old boy and most fifteen-year-old girls are constantly thinking, When do I get my first car and what will it be? Let's say that I offer to buy you the car of your dreams. You can pick out any car that you want, and when you get out of class this afternoon, that car will be waiting for you at home. There's just one catch...It's the only car you're ever going to get in your entire life. Now, knowing that, how are you going to treat that car? You're probably going to read the owner's manual four times before you drive it; you're going to keep it in the garage, protect it at all times, change the oil twice as often as necessary. If there's the least little bit of rust, you're going to get that fixed immediately so it doesn't spread -- because you know it has to last you as long as you live. Here's the thing, that's exactly the position you are in concerning your mind and body. You have only one mind and one body for the rest of your life. If you aren't taking care of them when you're sixteen or seventeen, it's like leaving that car out in hailstorms and letting rust eat away at it. If you don't take care of your mind and body now, by the time you are forty or fifty you'll be like a car that can't go anywhere. So isn't it just as important to take care of your mind and body as it is to take care of that car?"
This is the kind of straightforward, accurate, and honest advice Uncle Wally is known for. Here he gives sage perspective on the domains of Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Wellness. Rest, assured, if you haven't been actively caring for your mind and body in a healthful way since you were sixteen, all is not lost! I refer to my favorite Chinese Proverb: "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." It is never too late to start anew.
In thinking about caretaking your mind and body, what are some steps that you can take this week to make sure your own engine runs as well as possible, as long as possible?