The Active Life – by Gary Smolker


Hockey Players Live An Active Life

Look at the hockey players in the collages above.  They are living an active life.

There is is no doubt in my mind that someone playing hockey like those hockey players is getting lots of powerful physical activity.

Look at the single frames below of NHL hockey players on the ice.

Look at their vitality.

Look at the physical strength and fitness they are projecting, the energy they are expending in this activity, while “playing” hockey.



I, on the other hand, live a sedate life.

I Live A Sedate Life

I am living a sedate life: no hockey, no lacrosse, no fencing, no rollerblading.

I was a lot more active when I was 13 years old.

Living the Engaged Life Is In the Eyes of the Beholder

  • Exercise is in the eyes of the beholder.
  • Fitness is in the eyes of the beholder.
  • Health is in the eyes of the beholder.

I live on the West Coast, in the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles, California and work in Encino, California.

My 13 year old grandson Nate lives on the East Coast, in the greater Boston area of Massachusetts.

Nate plays hockey.

Nate is the goalie on his team.

The job of the goalie is to defend the net, to prevent the opposing team from shooting a puck into the net.

Nate is a spectacular goalie.

I don’t play hockey.

Different Strokes/Activities for Different Folks

Nate and his family are visiting Los Angeles.

Yesterday, Nate and his mother, father and 15 year old sister went to Hermosa Beach to go biking and rollerblading on the beach.

Tomorrow, Nate and I are going to a Barnes & Noble Book Store in Santa Monica at 9:00 a.m. and bowling afterwards.

After bowling, Nate and I are going to meet up with his mother, father and older (15 years old) sister who will be taking a UCLA tour from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Living the Engaged Life

Nate, his older sister, his mother, his father, and I are living the engaged life.

Living Life Powerfully

Nate, Nate’s older sister, Nate’s mother, Nate’s father, and ME (Nate’s grandfather) are living life powerfully.

Age is a factor.

Copyright © 2017 Gary Smolker, All Rights Reserved

This is the fifth in a series of articles I intend to post on the Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange Blog at on “LIVING THE ENGAGED LIFE.”

I have continuously made posts on my Instagram account @garyspassion on “LIVING THE ENGAGED LIFE,” and intend to continue to do so.

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About Gary S. Smolker

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: No enterprise can exist for itself alone. Every successful enterprise ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others. Otherwise, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. Imagination, open mindedness and flexibility are the most important factors in unlocking potential. Those who embrace innovation, improvisation, continuous learning, time management, are action oriented, high energy, passionate, creative, purposeful and intense individuals are best equipped to succeed. We all have ideas and the ability to make progress by sharing information and our ideas and also by changing our ideas when appropriate. We should always be on the lookout for teaching and mentoring moments. We hold time like water in our hands; however tightly we clench our fingers, it drips away. But, if it falls on a seed, a seed may grow to become something that will have a positive social impact. PERSONAL INTERESTS: I have a passion to learn, to innovate, to lead, to mentor and to teach. I seek to write things worth reading and want to do things worth writing about. I enjoy (a) driving a fast car, (b) having intense conversations (c) teaching/mentoring, (d) reading and (e) being involved in productive activity. PERSONAL: I believe in cultivating and backing passionate people, innovation, and old fashioned good ideas. I love making human connections and spreading good ideas. I am strongly motivated to achieve in situations in which independence of thought and action are called for. PERSONAL GOALS: I want to live life vibrantly, to be as sharp as a tack until my last breath and to change the world by being me. My personal goal is to be fully engaged in life, to lead by example, to set high standards and to continue to amass firsthand experience and knowledge in all that interests me. PERSONALITY: I love fun and mischief. I relish absurdity. I have an irreverent, facetious and satiric disposition. I dread boredom. I have spent a lifetime reading. I have no bias against people who have lived successful and/or complicated lives. I write to release tension, to get things off my chest. SOCIAL MEDIA: I post articles on the "Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange" blog at, and "Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes" at I also post images and comments on Instagram @garyspassion. CONTACT INFORMATION: Gary Smolker, Smolker Law Firm, 16055 Ventura Blvd., Ste 525, Encino, California, 91436-2609, USA. Phone 1-818-788-7290, e-mail

Posted on February 20, 2017, in living life fully, The Engaged Life and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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