“Research your own experiences for the truth, absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own.”
Bruce Lee famously distilled the above quote down to, “absorb what is useful, reject what is useless”; I favor Jiddu’s version, though, as it lends a bit more of a nudge toward one’s pursuit of living an “n=1”, experimental lifestyle. This is a very Buddhist notion as well, with Siddhartha’s philosophy being that teachings should not be accepted unless they are borne out by our personal experience, as well as praised by the wise.
In my mind, the clip below exemplifies what the ultimate goal of the Paleo lifestyle is all about — maintaining a health and vitality that allows one to be fully engaged in each and every one of our life’s moments. The good and the bad, the happy and sad — I want to be fully present for them all, unhampered by illness, fatigue and the like. It’s not so much that I’m grasping for added years to my life (though, that would be a nice correlative benefit), but that I’m reaching for more life in my available years and, at the inevitable end, a highly compressed morbidity. It’s a cliche, I know, but Brittani’s passing this past spring reiterated to me the hard fact of life’s fragility. We simply don’t know what will become of us 10 minutes from now, much less tomorrow, or next year. Do what you can today to insure that you’re there — fully and in totality — for each and every instance of your life’s passing moments.