"Balance" for me has always been an equilateral triangle with each point representing the Physical, the Spiritual, and the Intellectual. I seek to spend equal amounts of effort developing the points so that the triangle remains in relative balance. How many people do we know that are superior athletes, but spiritually or ethically bankrupt; or highly educated that cannot run a single mile?
My absolute basic level of fitness that I seek to maintain is the ability to, at any given time:
- Ride a solo century on my triathlon bike in under 6 hours
- Swim 3,500 yards in open water with little effort
- Run 8-minute miles all day long
My spiritual point of the triangle has always been the most difficult to maintain. Lately I've worked hard to bolster my previous shortcomings:
- Daily Buddhist practice of sitting or zazen
- Zen Buddhist retreats
- Fly fishing
- Art, specifically photography
- Reading both Buddhist and Christian works, identifying commonalities and considering the differences.
My intellectual pursuits are often my favorites and generally pertain to medicine and language training:
- The Difficult Airway Course
- 12-Lead EKG Interpretation
- Pathophysiology - Never far away
- Blogs and Podcasts that I follow: EMCrit, Dr. Smith's EKG Blog, and ResusME.
- Maintaining my Spanish at an acceptable level, while developing my Japanese, Arabic, and soon Mandarin Chinese.
- I have planned a Ph.D. sometime in my future