Recently, my husband Josh and I were featured as part of a series in the Huffington Post on The Third Metric Approach to Matrimony. To out knowledge, we were being interviewed simply as a couple with a commitment to health. To be honest- the whole thing sounded a little boring- but I figured that if it could inspire some others to hop on the health train, well, than why not.
You read both parts of those articles here:
I didn't know that in doing what feels awesome for our emotional and physical health, and in nourishing our relationship we were an example of what Arriana Huffington has termed The Third Metric.
Perhaps we were too busy living the Third Metric to know there had been a conference on it, and a series of articles about this shift to redefine success. I actually had never heard of it until I read the article about The Third Metric Approach To Matrimony in which my husband and I are one of four featured couples.
A few weeks ago, while we were kicking it up at my family’s cottage, we were contacted for the Huffington Post series on couples that live a healthy life together. We didn’t know that in living our simple life, we were being made into models for the secret to a happy marriage and examples of the new definition of success.
Our goal has never been to break away from status quo. We didn’t make a choice to be different- to step off the corporate ladder and live a life many may view as alternative, unconventional or lucky, as some call it.
Our intention was far simpler than that. To be happy. This lifestyle fortifies our happiness. It might mean we have less money, and less stability, but right now- we’re good and so we don’t worry.
Being immersed in the world of natural health, it is our goal to do our best everyday to simply practice what we teach, with the guiding principle that quality of life is directly affected by how we eat, think, breathe and move, not the brand name of our shoes, or how much we invest in stocks and mutual funds.
For us, health is our wealth and in that context, we are blessed with riches.
It is pointed out to me repeatedly that the choices we make, don’t always conform to the conventional paradigms, and in turn sometimes make others uncomfortable and at the same time inspire others who are looking for their own path to happiness and health.
This makes our lives both simpler and far more complicated to live. In our society, complicating life is a lot easier than simplifying it. We firmly believe that every choice counts, and true health is not about choosing the lesser of two evils.
I find it amazing that choosing to make time everyday to prepare dinner with my husband and sit down at a table intended for dining to enjoy it together, is considered a novel luxury that has become inspirational or linked to a new movement.
Has health and wellbeing become a luxury because so few feel it?
We work really hard to ensure we can continue to afford both in time and money, the lifestyle we commenced separately and that which brought us together. We don’t aim to be the outliers, the contrarians, or the challenging dinner guests. We just want to take care of ourselves, each other, and those that seek our guidance.
What guides us here was one simple question: Is this working?
Looking at the greater state of things, where 88% of people over 60 and 22% of children under 12 are on at least one pharmaceutical medication and ask again, is this working? The answer is obvious.
Is it possible that the secret, the hidden key to The Third Metric is to just ask the question, Is this working? and follow it up with enough bravery to respond honestly with integrity and action? There’s only one way to find out.
Today is the day, make it happen and see what unfolds.
Photo credit to the wonderful Catherine Farquharson.