Two weeks ago I woke up with a slight back pain. I thought I must have slept crookedly, or strained myself somehow. Whatever the reason was, the ache wasn’t going away. By mid-morning the pain was excruciating!
Somehow I managed to drive myself to the doctor and after a series of questions and tests, the radiologist found the problem. And, without going into all the detail, the long and the short of it is, I need to have surgery! Ouch!
“Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.” - Josh Billings
Don’t take Your Health for Granted
All this got me thinking about something that we all too often take for granted, especially when we’re young, and that is our health.
From an early age I’ve always been interested in health. In the eighties, I was a “Fit for Life” advocate. In the nineties I became 100% vegetarian. Fitness and taking care of myself physically has always been part of my daily regime. Then “this” happens and I wonder why? The doctors have no answers! And nor do I, but I do know this:
Improving our health and wellbeing is not only about working out and eating in, its also about our emotional health and fitness, which means working out internally and taking in elevating knowledge and values.
I’ve always believed that there is an intimate connection between our mind and body. Our physical health affects our clarity and emotional wellbeing. So too our emotions and attitudes affect our physical condition. It is therefore crucial that we take care, not only physically, but emotionally as well.
An Opportunity for Reflection
I see this hospital visit and recovery period as an opportunity for reading and reflection, because in order to improve ourselves, we need to give ourselves time to reflect, recharge and regenerate. And I believe that if we really want to, we can achieve this every day of our lives just by tweaking our habits.
So if you’re able to get up half an hour earlier than normal and go to bed half an hour earlier than you’re use to, then you create the best time of the day to work on yourself. First thing in the morning is when everything, including your mind, is quiet. It is the prime time for reading and reflection. It is the time when you will achieve your best results.
During this precious time, do nothing but work on yourself. This is not a time for paying bills, watching the news, or catching up on other activities. This time is your time. Make the most of it.
Start by fixing a goal for yourself. Something inspiring that you can aspire to reach. Something that makes you spring out of bed, looking forward to the day that lies ahead.
Then, ask yourself important questions like, “What am I doing?” “Where am I going?” “If I continue this way, where will I end up?”
This is also a time to ask yourself questions like, “Why was I affected by what that person said about me?” “How could I have handled things differently?” “Why do I feel the need to put my foot on the accelerator every time someone wants to overtake?”
Questioning your own thoughts and actions, reading inspiring books and reflecting on what you have read gives you the tools to transform your life.
My wish for you
Stop all your rushing about and give yourself the gift of time. Allow yourself half an hour to an hour every day, to read something inspiring, something uplifting and reflect upon it. See how the laws of life apply to you and those around you. Reflect deeply.
It is the reflection that transforms. And when you transform yourself internally, you will transform yourself externally. All healing begins from within.
Thanks for reading.
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