How to Move and Blog at the Same Time
If Thomas Johnathon “Stonewall” Jackson could do it, so can I. Yes, I will perfect the art of the Standing Blog. At least that’s my new, New Year’s resolution for 2013.
You see, Stonewall, although considered somewhat strange during his own lifetime (and sometimes during ours), actually had some sensible solutions to living a better life. He was not a blogger of course, but he was a professor at the Virginia Military Institute, and then he was a Civil War general – the right hand man of Robert E. Lee.
I was a docent at his house for over six years, and got to know him well through his furniture. The fact is, he’s not around anymore. He died on May 10, 1863, having been shot by his own men in friendly fire. And he was only 39 years old!
Getting to know a historical figure through his furniture could be considered an odd way to get to know a fellow, but consider this. He slept on a rope bed. When the mattress began to sag, he could just tighten the ropes (hence, the saying, “Sleep tight.”) and he worked at a standing desk. Do these things speak to you as they do to me?
“Odd,” you say? Why, I saw a treadmill desk on television, which has just been invented to keep us up and moving . I know if Jackson were alive, he would heartily approve. But he lived in a time of wood stoves for cooking and candles for light. A standing desk? Wow! There were no electronics then, but the guy was truly ahead of his time. Wonder how he managed without a smart phone anyway!
He also sucked lemons and I’m sure his troops stood in awe. But how astute is that? Lemons are high in Vitamin C and prevent scurvy. In fact a lemon a day might have kept me from catching the flu this year. But I digress. I am still too weak (no longer hallucinating though) to traipse into the Jackson House for a picture of his desk, but I do recall it came apart for easier transport (much like modular furniture today – the kind you get at mega stores).
The Design of the Human Body
Anyway, old Stonewall was not far off. Modern medicine experts claim that sitting is the worst thing we can do to ourselves. The human body was not designed for prolonged sitting. I swear, I just heard that on t.v. medical news today. That’s why some brilliant fella invented the treadmill desk. I want one of those for sure.
Meanwhile, since I am recovering from the flu (having not had enough lemons to ward it off), I will remain seated at my sitting desk and try to remember to stand up long enough to restore momentary circulation.
By the way if you are interested, legend has it that old Stonewall sat astride his horse with one arm raised (his) in the air and the other arm (his) straight down at his side. Why? He thought it would improve his circulation! Are you laughing?
Not me. If Stonewall Jackson could do it, so can I. I will perfect the art of the Standing Blog! That’s my resolution for 2013. Now if I can just find a standing desk!
- Unboxed: Stand-Up Desks Gaining Favor in the Workplace (nytimes.com)
- Standing Desks: The Healthier Historic Alternative (business-opportunities.biz)