If you live in Australia you'll know that the final siren has sounded for another year with the Richmond Tigers and the Melbourne Storm having their turns to be called the victors. Yet in a surprisingly short time, most of us will have forgotten who won. So, what's to be gained from these events other than a bit of entertainment and a chance to demonstrate lounge-chair expertise?
Grand Finals and other sporting events can be good for us. After all, one of the many things we need to do in order to live a longer, better life – even those players in the various Grand Finals – is to always make sure that we have something to look forward to. It's like Will Rogers said, 'Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.'
Everyone needs to stay focussed on the main game; and for most of us that's probably not a sporting event. Achieving a level of fitness, engaging in regular exercise, and keeping a check on our weight are important, but none of these, alone, necessarily indicate a focus on the BIG issue. What's important means living a longer, better life and everything needs to be toward that end. As Stephen King said, 'Get busy living, or get busy dying.
Moderate amounts of the activity can add up to three years to life , so exercise needs to be kept up long after the final siren. While we may never get the results we achieved when we were younger, longevity is available to all of us with a bit of effort. However, there's more to living a longer, better life than exercise and muesli. Fitness and Food are important, but so too is getting your Finances in order, having Fun and Faith, and using all kinds of events to remind us of the importance of having a Future and building and maintaining Friendships.