I feel sick, I feel old, I feel grouchy. How often do you hear these words or maybe even say them? ‘Feel’ – I want to define this word.
Earlier in my life, I was counseled that feeling a certain way is all about me and that I should be careful how I say my words. That no matter what anyone says to me, or the stress that is taken upon me, my reaction is strictly my choice and my responsibility if I add feeling to it. So my choice is my power.
Interestingly, throughout my life and in my studies I have learned a whole lot about choice. I believe deeply that a big part of healing is ones choice. This choice is what many find very difficult to maintain. When one makes decisions for others, they take away that power, when left powerless, eventually illness can develop. This has been studied for decades.
How can we accomplish such a tremendous task? Easy. Yep, I said easy. Just do it- like Nike says. (brilliant slogan I might add) If it was that easy, wouldn’t we all be healthy and happy and full of energy all the time? Yes, there are many factors that influence how we think and here it comes… ‘feel’ but we all have choices and that is something many of us dare to exercise enough. So how is it done? One has to be willing to make a change in the first place. Start with the ‘little’ things in life.
These are some of the ‘little’ things that helped me shift my attitude in recent years:
A simple smile from a stranger always gets my heart going and contagiously I return the gesture. I love smiling, I smile at everyone.
In a stressful situation, I try to visualize the positive aspect of it, even if there doesn’t seem to be one. (like spraining my ankle 2 days before a long run and a few days before a much anticipated trip) I do what I can and move on.
I don’t dwell on past experiences, sure I think about them, but they don’t consume me. They don’t exist anymore, they are gone. This can be a tough one.
I look at illness very different now. I do what I know to overcome it. And I cope, knowing that my body is designed do the job it needs to do as long as it is nourished well. When I do need medical intervention, I am not afraid to ask for help. You know it always amazes me in hospitals, the increasing number of signs posted everywhere. “Abuse will not be tolerated” Now, I can understand some frustration of waiting hours to be seen by a doctor. I have been there. But, If an individual has come to the hospital looking for help (remember, ones own choice) then why choose to be abusive to the health professionals that are the ones who are willing to help? This I just don’t understand.
I show gratitude, when someone has done something for me, I appreciate it and believe that it should be recognized.
I have passion in my life. I am passionate about most things in life. (except cold weather, I still think I was born in the wrong country) I choose to do what I love to do. I like to learn new skills, embark on new adventures. This is how I keep my body and my mind active. Did you know? The average person only uses only about 20% of their brain.
I eat to live, I don’t live to eat. Sure I engage is some non-food from time to time, but not very often. If I did, I would break down. Its just not worth spending the next several years regenerating. The thrill of exploring a new wholesome food that gives me energy excites me more than a piece of non-food that just leaves me with a food ‘hangover’.
I found some interesting quotes I thought I would post, just to think about:
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”-Jim Rohn
“The longer I live the less confidence I have in drugs
and the greater is my confidence in the regulation and administration of diet and regimen.” -John Redman Coxe
“In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body,
soundness of health is impossible.” -Cicero
“If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” Anthony J. D’Angelo