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China, SARS, and ebola…oh my.

When I arrived in Mainland China and in Hong Kong last year, I had forgotten the Chinese government was fighting to contain the SARS virus. To arrest the spread of the contagion, there were men and women in hazmat suits standing in the terminal. They stopped each person randomly to look you in the eye for signs of illness then they followed up with an electronic thermometer to check your temperature. If they even suspected you were infected you were pulled aside and whisked out of the terminal.

They did this again when you moved through immigration and had your passport and visa checked. I didn’t mind. I didn’t see anyone complain either. It’s China, can you really complain? Unlike the fractured impoverished warring nations in West Africa, China has the wealth and power to mandate such acts.

I wanted to take a picture of the process but I knew better. Despite having a secure sense of self, I am not delusional enough to believe I am anyone the US government would be bartering to get back so I walk the line. Thus my Instagram photojournalism career has yet to take off.

Having experienced life in the hot zone, my personal ethics are one must humanely do EVERYTHING required to insure personal and public safety. I don’t mind the intrusion. Thereby, I was shocked to read the news about physician and NBC media personality Dr. Nancy Snyderman disregarding the medical protocol. Dr. Snyderman and her crew had come into contact with the Ebola virus, leaving her cameraman, 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo, infected. The asymptomatic crew members, including the doctor herself, were supposed to be in a self-imposed quarantine for 21 days to insure public safety. 

To read that she would risk mass exposure because her ego reigned supreme and she believed herself entitled to have some soup from her favorite restaurant is infuriating. As a medical professional she should know to do the right thing. As a multimillion dollar corporately backed media darling, she understands the power and impact of her behavior. Soon NBC will require her to go on the infamous celebrity apology PR  tour but it’s too late, character has been revealed, the damage is done.

This is why self-reporting is unreliable. People will almost always lean toward acting in their own self-interest despite consequence. I am not for big government but in cases of pandemic, the government must step in. I don’t personally believe anyone has the RIGHT to spread a fatal contagion to millions, particularly because they don’t wish to be inconvenienced. Walk the line bitches.

That’s my two yen.

E.

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It’s World #Smile Day! So do your part and give your face a rest. #LiveLiveLaugh (at Fort Lauderdale Beach)

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"I have always believed that when your objective to exercise, to care for yourself, is strictly to be praised for your body, your appearance, you will eventually sell yourself out. The ego will fool you into believing that you, the object, are actually the subject. Flattery and praise are cruel addictions which inevitably prove insatiable. Self-objectification leads to self-exploitation; one seduction at a time you will find yourself compromised, exposed, empty. It is never too late to treat yourself better.
- ERG"

October is #BreastCancer Awareness Month. #GoPink Please get routine checkups and #mammograms. Early detection is a person’s best protection. #BeMoveDo

October is #BreastCancer Awareness Month. #GoPink Please get routine checkups and #mammograms. Early detection is a person’s best protection. #BeMoveDo

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As I revisit the entire redecorating strategy for my apartment, I am on an “idea safari” seeking inspiration. My goal is to declutter and live simply yet elegantly. Check out this NYC apartment I discovered on YouTube. It is a clean crisp modern example that you can have a home with where the furniture has multiple functionality without sacrificing design. 

I’m not afraid to jump for joy when I feel it. #LifeIsGood #EnjoyTheView #Celebrate

I’m not afraid to jump for joy when I feel it. #LifeIsGood #EnjoyTheView #Celebrate

There are 99 days left of this year.

Received a newsletter from Martin Rooney reminding that are 99 days left in year 2014. The question that begs to be asked is “What “resolutions” did you make and what goals did you set yourself to conquer before 2015?” Have you fulfilled your New Year Resolutions or are you still on the path? 

Let’s look at the results of your actions year-to-date. Place your feelings aside. Have you…

1. Exceeded your expectations of what you thought you could achieve. 
2. Met expectations of what you set out to accomplish.
3. Fallen below your desired expectations of what you wanted to accomplish.

Here is the GOOD NEWS there are 99 days left to this year to finish 2014 strong. You can establish momentum to ensure a fast start to 2015. How FAST you begin the New Year is directly associated with how strong you finish each of these remaining 99 days.
 
Whether you understand “WHY you do what it is you do” need not negate taking action. Sometimes the answers are there waiting for you on the other side of the journey, not at the beginning. What is important is you get going.

Be.Move.Do. Exercise consciously.

Erwin 

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Happy National Voter Registration Day, Tumblr.
The number one way of celebrating it? Registering to vote.
Every year, millions of eligible Americans neglect to register, which means that millions of important voices are utterly silent on Election Day. Don’t be one of them. There’s basically a 100% chance that something you care about is on the ballot, something you don’t want to be quiet about.
So be one of the loud ones. Register already. It’s an easy form that you already know all the answers to. No excuses.

Be heard.

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Happy National Voter Registration Day, Tumblr.

The number one way of celebrating it? Registering to vote.

Every year, millions of eligible Americans neglect to register, which means that millions of important voices are utterly silent on Election Day. Don’t be one of them. There’s basically a 100% chance that something you care about is on the ballot, something you don’t want to be quiet about.

So be one of the loud ones. Register already. It’s an easy form that you already know all the answers to. No excuses.

Be heard.

Being young is a very specific time in life. We treat it like a thing. We think it is fixed and belongs to us. We don’t regard it as a precious moment, we see it as a birthright. Some of us even go kicking and screaming fighting the present, resisting the future trying to recapture those glory days. 
"Old people" attempting to impart their wisdom are so bothersome. Nothing they say is relevant because that was then and things are different now. The universe must offer special protections for the blithely ignorant. 

Being young is a very specific time in life. We treat it like a thing. We think it is fixed and belongs to us. We don’t regard it as a precious moment, we see it as a birthright. Some of us even go kicking and screaming fighting the present, resisting the future trying to recapture those glory days. 

"Old people" attempting to impart their wisdom are so bothersome. Nothing they say is relevant because that was then and things are different now. The universe must offer special protections for the blithely ignorant. 

In life, you don’t always get to meet and know you’re childhood heroes. I was very lucky I have. I post his in memory of the great.  She was kind beyond words and so thoughtful. I have met few celebrities who lcked the pretense and was as generous with her attention. My deepest condolences are extended to her daughter Melissa, grandson and loved ones, as I know first hand, the days ahead are challenging.

In life, you don’t always get to meet and know you’re childhood heroes. I was very lucky I have. I post his in memory of the great.  She was kind beyond words and so thoughtful. I have met few celebrities who lcked the pretense and was as generous with her attention. My deepest condolences are extended to her daughter Melissa, grandson and loved ones, as I know first hand, the days ahead are challenging.

I don’t believe in destiny. I’ve witnessed bad things happen to very good people. I’ve witnessed good things happen to very bad people. And most commonly, I watched nothing happen for lazy people. I’m of the opinion, you get the life you have, the body you live in, choice by precious choice, and not via divine intervention.
Forget the story, look at your results. Will a change do you some good?

I don’t believe in destiny. I’ve witnessed bad things happen to very good people. I’ve witnessed good things happen to very bad people. And most commonly, I watched nothing happen for lazy people. I’m of the opinion, you get the life you have, the body you live in, choice by precious choice, and not via divine intervention.

Forget the story, look at your results. Will a change do you some good?

I feel your pain

My morning training sessions generally begin at 6:30am. As I arrive, there is usually a few young guys and girls up out to improve themselves. I admire their enthusiasm until I observe their sweatercise and acrobatic routines. Sometimes it's amusing to watch and sometimes it's downright painful. Either way, it is hard not to stare. 

I remarked to my client that as impressive as these wannabe ninja warriors can be, the joints are not designed to sustain that repeated abuse, especially movements performed haphazardly. My client turned to me this week and said,”You know Erwin. You are going to have to accept that in your ‘Be.Move.Do.’ philosophy there is also room for chaos.”

I concede. There is ALWAYS room at the table for chaos. There is also room for precaution.

Is the temporary glory worth the price you end up paying?Whether we like it or not, we are only made of flesh and blood. Eventually, gravity wins. There is no pill or surgery that will restore any body back to 100% or to another era in time. If there were, I would definitely consider taking it. I’m only human too.

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Hear about the NEW #IceBucketChallenge already? #ALS is an underfunded HORRIBLE disease that turns its victims bodies into a prison as the brain remains unaffected. The organization deserves every dollar pledged to it. There are over 2,000,000 posted online. Whew! Your nipples are hard, it’s cold. We get it! Here’s some news…
780 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately one in nine people.
Over 2.5X more people lack water than live in the United States.
An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.
Here’s the NEW Challenge: If you are going to do the Challenge then be equally charitable and please skip a shower or two that week. This challenge is also retroactive.

Hear about the NEW #IceBucketChallenge already? #ALS is an underfunded HORRIBLE disease that turns its victims bodies into a prison as the brain remains unaffected. The organization deserves every dollar pledged to it. There are over 2,000,000 posted online. Whew! Your nipples are hard, it’s cold. We get it! Here’s some news…

  • 780 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately one in nine people.
  • Over 2.5X more people lack water than live in the United States.
  • An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.

Here’s the NEW Challenge: If you are going to do the Challenge then be equally charitable and please skip a shower or two that week. This challenge is also retroactive.

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Life is as hard as you make it.

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Life is sometimes hard. However, life is, often, only as hard as you make it. If you are unprepared to ask for help, accommodation or assert your needs, you are certain not to receive assistance. There is zero valor in taking the hard road simply because you don’t want to face the music or humble yourself. It will only cost you time, money and tax your wellness. Conversation is the access to power and it is much more uncomfortable to avoid them. Think about it.

Exercise Consciously.

On Depression & Getting Help

This was originally posted February 26, 2010.


I deal with suicidal, unipolar depression and I take medication daily to treat it. Over the past seven years, I’ve had two episodes that were severe and during which I thought almost exclusively of suicide. I did not eat much and lost weight during…