In 2012 I learned how much of an effect our health can have on our life — physically, mentally and spiritually. Seeking for increased awareness I did a lot of studying about some of the complex systems in our body and how they can effect us on a daily basis and how making needed adjustments in our health habits brings a variety of benefits and enjoyment in life.
Maybe you would like to be a more kind, positive, patient or generous person? Some of these attributes tend to be seen as just being a result of an internal decision that people choose to live by. While this may be the bulk of the source of these attributes, a spiritual side so to speak, another factor that should be considered in such an analysis is how our body may be influencing such decisions.
Whether it's as simple as being tired, hungry or lack of a certain healthy chemical that the body needs, most everyone has experienced days where there mood was off or where their judgment was effected by, most likely, their health habits.
While many people recognize how major illness can effect families and communities, where the schedule’s and plans of individual's lives can be dramatically altered, it's interesting that in general some people have a tendency to discount the small, everyday decisions that either lead to a health crisis or effect large portions of our community on a daily basis. Health issues such as obesity, chronic fatigue or pain, insomnia, addictions, and the whole range of mental illness, are things that some people are dealing with on a daily basis.
I'm sure it is no news to you that America is going through a barrage of health concerns right now. On the positive side there has also been an increasing tread of people seeking solutions and answers to these issues. With the Internet is creating a huge source of news, face-to-face information sharing and shows such as the “Doctors”, or “Dr.OZ” taking up mid day TV, more and more people are seeking to understand how they can live a healthy lifestyle.
Many people like to make resolutions each year to get healthy.
This can be that year. If you have made personal goals to be healthier, I hope that when things get hard for you, try and remember the benefits that can come from healthy living. Also, look around you for service opportunities, inviting others with you on your health journey can be rewarding for both of you. Simple things, such as going on a walk with friend every week, may be just what someone needs to get started on their path to healing and health.
I think it is important to remember this teaching of Christ. Of course there is much wisdom in this saying that is beyond the health concerns I've spoken about above, but maybe this can give some wisdom on the this subject that I can't offer as well. It's from Matthew 25:
Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Make the most of 2013!
Before earning his bachelor’s from Brigham Young University–Idaho, Matt Wise served in Japan as a missionary for the Church of Jesus of Christ Latter-day Saints.