This is one of those truths that has been repeated by men of wisdom (Confucius) and fictional movie characters (Buckaroo Banzai). This is also one of those enduring truths that we often try to escape, to deny that it applies. “If only I could move to…,” or “If only I had that job….” Yes, we would still be who we are, only in a different setting.
Health can be a great example of this. One instructor told the story of a patient who came to him saying, I am in great shape, Doc, except for this cancer.” He seems to be saying, “If only I did not have this cancer, I would be well.”
We want that illusion, that except for this one little thing, everything would be OK. The man with the cancer is not asking, “Why did I get the cancer, why me?”
Was it the chemicalized processed food?
Was it the polluted air (indoors and outdoors)?
Was it the toxic thinking: the fear, anxiety, stress, anger, etc.?
Was it the negative words about self that seem to recur again and again?
Or was it other aspects of our lifestyle, the day to day poor choices that we are offered and then take as if they had no effect?
We are led to believe that our bodies are inherently defective machines constantly doing the wrong thing. Actually, our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14), responding as best they can to the compromised environment of this world.
That same instructor asked the class, “How is it living with your body?” And we thought about the aches and pains, or the weight, or the skin issues, or a hundred other things.
Then he asked, “How is it for your body to live with you?” Ouch! That stung.
Each of us is where he is, with regards to health and with regards to everything else. We need to decide where we want to be and what is our vision of the good life, health included. Then we need to chart a course.
Picture yourself at the starting point of a treasure map. There is a place you want to be, and there are many distractions in between. How do you get there?
This is your journey. You do not have control of what others may do – to us, or to our air, or to our food and water, or to the other needs in our lives. Our only power is the power to choose, to navigate among the poor choices offered and to do the best we are able.
No matter where you go, there you are.
Have you ever attended a class on goal setting or something like that? One of the first things you do is to define what you want and where are you going. What do YOU want? Sometimes it is easier to figure out what everyone else wants...because that keeps us busy and away from the truth that we have not the slightest idea of what we want. And that may be why there is physical pain or discomfort of some sort. We may not even think about what we want...too busy with everyone else's wants. Our programming is about others instead of the one we see when we look in the mirror. We are to love others AS we love ourselves. The best thing we can do for others is to love and nourish ourselves. That way, you have something to give away. You cannot give what you do not have.