2/26/2014 8 Comments
Be healthy - in every area of your life. The definition of healthy means pertaining to or characteristic of good health, or a sound and vigorous mind. Therefore being healthy and well goes beyond our physical body being toned, having the right amount of muscle and body fat or being appealing to the natural eye. Being healthy means that your mind and emotions are also in good health.
You must first get healthy, as an individual, before you can expect your family & household to be healthy. Happiness is a choice. Peace is a choice. You cannot control other people's actions, but you can control your reaction to their actions (or even non-action). We cannot look to others to make us happy or keep us well. It is our own responsibility. As adults, parents and leaders we are responsible for teaching, guiding and training, but ultimately each individual has to take action for themselves.
There are some pretty basic things that contribute to our wellness. Get a proper amount of sleep. Our bodies need rest to function at their best. Eat a balanced diet. You can believe it or not, but the food we eat does effect us physically and also emotionally. Different foods contain different chemicals that cause our bodies to react certain ways. If you don't believe me, try writing down what you eat for a week and keep track of your moods and feelings each day. You will learn something new about yourself and what you are consuming .
Stay away from things that cause you stress. Avoid being around people and in environments that make you feel bad. Get around people who motivate, inspire you, and encourage you to be your best you. Plan and get organized; running late and rushing is an unnecessary stressor. Be around things that contribute to your happiness. Laugh more. Smile more. Be mindful of what you are feeding yourself. If you struggle with fear, why watch scary movies? If you are heartbroken, why listen to sad music about hearts being broken? That only makes those things grow. Feed yourself positive things. Speak life out of your mouth. Try to find the good that can come out of every situation.
Healthy individuals create healthy relationships & marriages. Healthy marriages produce healthy children & families. Healthy families produce healthy communities. And a whole bunch of healthy communities will result in a healthy society.
If we will each do our part and make a conscious decision to be well, we will see a massive change take place for the better. Every person counts. Each one of us has a role to play. It is a ripple effect.
2/20/2014 13 Comments
Embrace TODAY. You must know where you came from and where you are going in order to completely embrace where you are at in this moment. Understand where you came from, but don't stay focused on the past. Instead take the lessons, the wisdom and the knowledge from the past with you. Learning from them is actually utilizing those lessons and applying them to your life now. That is evidence of growth & maturity.
Catch a glimpse of your future and get an understanding of where you are going, so that you can stay focused and stay on course. Knowing where you are going will be your guide and keep you on your path.
Most of all, fully embrace today. Get engaged in life as it is taking place all around us. Don't just barely get by or barely make it. LIVE. Things constantly change. People constantly change. Time changes. Pause for a moment, and embrace where you are. This moment, this exact time & this exact place in your life will never come again. Tomorrow is not promised. The next moment is not guaranteed. Whatever you are in, whether good or bad, slow down & take a moment to pause. Embrace Today. Today will never come again.
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