Your Commitment to Health

We’ve reached the end of another month.  I’ve learned a lot about myself this month, some of which related to our topic of health, some about life and relationships.  But then, every month should have lessons in it, especially lessons we can learn from and grow through.  On Friday I shared one reason why it’s important to be healthy: so we can have fun.  Today I wanted to finish up the month with a continuation of this thought inspired by wisdom from Herophilus, a Greek physician who lived around 300 BC:

“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.”

So basically, without health you’re far behind the proverbial 8 ball.  You won’t succeed, you won’t be happy, you won’t be creative, you won’t feel a zest for life, you won’t be inspired, you won’t be motivated, you won’t be smart, the list goes on.  So the question has to be asked, why are we so willing to screw with and risk our health if the results can be so damaging?  I’m sure for some of us we forget how good it used to be when we were healthy, and all we remember is how not good it is now, which leaves us with little motivation to change, unless it’s really bad.  Some of us just can’t get back to how good it used to be because we keep getting interrupted by life.  And others of us choose not to change, despite having some reason and opportunity to do so.

We may never be as fit as the stars we see on pro sports teams and in the Olympics, but health like many other things is relative.  You don’t have to live the life of a pro-fitness person, you just have to be as fit as your body needs you to be.  I say that starts with eating healthy most of the time, limiting your time with people who aren’t good for you, and exercising in some shape or form every day, or most days each week.  As we finish out this year what will your commitment to health be?


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