A Narrow Mind and Broad Waist – The Curse of Midlife

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What’s the curse of middle-age?

Well, A C Grayling, the modern philosopher describes middle age as that time in life when your narrow waist and broad mind change place!

I love that quote. And, I never want to be that person.

Of course, like all thought provoking aphorisms, it is in large part right.

I know, I’ve been there, physically and mentally. It’s not that many years back that I was rocking a 39 inch waist and my mind was pretty closed. I’d reached that point where, I had my views and kinda knew how the world worked and that was that.

Mentally, I was kidding myself and thinking a load of nonsense. The world is unbelievably complex and none of us really know what is going on.

Socrates suggested:

“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing”.

Hear, hear! I’m happy to say that the more I learn, the more I realise how little I know.

Physically, I’d settled into that middle-age stupor.

I wasn’t in bad shape, I reasoned, even with a 39 inch waist!

Truly, none of us want to be that person, that becomes old, set in our ways, stogy and perhaps a little bit cynical.

So, what do we do?

We learn.

We remain curious.

We keep that sense of awe and wonder for the world and rekindle (if lost) the joy of learning, for it’s own sake.

In yoga and martial arts, we are often encouraged to bring a beginners mind to our every day practice. This is a great discipline as it encourages us to be open to new learning, new ideas and new possibilities.

The topic of learning is a whole module on our Be Your Best In Life Course. It’s that important.

So my suggestion for you for this week is to be a beginner.

If you can’t find something completely new to try out, simply bring a beginners mind to whatever you practice regularly and notice how different it appears. This can be work, hobbies or anything you regularly engage in.

Let me know how you get on.

Have a great week of learning.

Best wishes


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