One of my favorite books growing up (and I think my mom’s too) was the Dr. Suess tale I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew. When the hero in the book stubs his toe, he decides to find a less troublesome place to live. Soon he’s off on a journey “to the City of Solla Sollew, on the banks of the beautiful River Wah-Hoo, where they never have troubles! At least, very few.” One image ingrained in my mind is of the main character sleeping on a bed of huge fluffy pillows. He never finds Solla Sollew, but in the process he gains strength to face his problems head on.
That book came to mind recently when my doctor friend John Eckrich told our Bible class at church about areas of the world that researchers have called “Blue Zones.” They are places where people live into their 90s and more and are healthy and vital into old age. The seven “Blue Zones” are Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Icara, Greece; Oland, Smaland, and Skane, Sweden; and Loma Linda, California. They sound kind of like Solla Sellow, but I assure you that they are real places.
The shared characteristics of the blue zones are: emphasis on family, less smoking, semi-vegetarian diet, constant moderate physical activity, social engagement, legumes, and engagement in spirituality or religion.
What strikes me about the people in blue zones is that there seems to be a balance in their lifestyle. There is time for work, there is time for other people, and there is time for God.
The numbers don’t lie. It is this balance that can lead to a long and fulfilling life with a strong life purpose. While I may not take up eating more legumes, I think I will make a point of taking more time for God and creating more balance in my life. It may not lead to Solla Sollew or a Blue Zone, but it may bring me a richer life experience with the Lord by my side.
What can you do to create a kind of “Blue Zone” where you live?
Find out more about Blue Zones at: https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Zones-Second-Lessons-Longest/dp/1426209487/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477152224&sr=8-1&keywords=Blue+Zones