For those of you that know me very well, then you know how very important self care and nurture are to me. You know that it is important to me that I exercise regularly, mobilize, and participate in things like yoga to keep my body balanced, strong and well. You know I also very much enjoy honoring my body with nutritious food almost all of the time. I choose, for the most part, nutrient dense foods that will serve my body well. I also try to be particular about what goes on my body, because what goes into our body through our skin is just as important about what goes into it through our mouths. Overall I strive to maintain a high level of health... And yet, often it seems as though my body still struggles with discomfort & sometimes symptoms that display a lack of health.
With that said, there are a lot of people out there who, knowing my commitment to my health, when finding out I still struggle with feeling of illness and lack of health on the inside, I get questioned.. and often many comments are made along the lines of excuses for why they don’t have to put in the work themselves. Examples: "oh how can you do all these things that are healthy and still feel bad?” “what’s the point of doing all of that and still being sick?” “Oh if you do all this work for nothing” OR the classic “well how do you believe all this stuff works when you are not perfectly healthy” and, “ you should be so healthy with how you are” "and well why try if it's not helping" … blah blah… false expectations…
Let me say one thing, my lack of perfect health, despite all my efforts, does not justify changing my behaviors… I think what a great deal of us fail to realize is that today we are reaping what we have sowed in the past. My lack of health is not because of what I am doing NOW… it is from what I have done in my past… that has caught up to me. Not only this, but today we are also planting seeds that will grow tomorrow. So today I might experience perfect health despite my many efforts, but I am investing into my future through my present commitments… I am not only helping my body to heal itself today, but I am helping walk into a better state of healthy in my near future… See all of our life we are planting seeds… and in time these seeds root, and begin to grow … they break through the surface and come to fruition… Sometimes we plant nasty weeds…and we have to deal with this… sometimes even if we change our habits and we experience some return on investment today, we might still struggle with the nasty weeds of yesterday…but by committing to planting seeds of healthy vibrant colorful flowers today, we are ensuring a better today and tomorrow.
I think its important that we don’t set some unrealistic crazy expectation and then rationalize alternate behavior just because things don’t look the way we “think they should” right away. I know that today I feel way way better then I may have otherwise felt had I not made a commitment to a healthier lifestyle years ago when I made the shift… I also know that my tomorrow wouldn’t stand a chance either. But I can be at rest knowing that as long as I stay true to me today, and honor my self in mind, body & soul… Then I am investing health, peace and love into my present and my future. And may I suggest that seeing someone as committed to health and fitness as I am still struggle with being able to feel 100% healthful is NOT an excuse for anyone to create in their head a reason to justify any lack in commitments toward taking their next step on their wellness journey. EVERY action we take, every thought we think effects us more then we will ever know. What will you sow into today for your tomorrow? And, remember, that if we are still breathing, it is never too late to get started… one day at a time, one discipline at a time, one habit at a time, one thought at a time, one action at at time, one moment at a time, one decision at a time...one.
I know where I stand… I am going to keep sowing into a beautiful garden of abundant flowers, and vegetables and fruits of all kinds… I am going to honor my body, my mind… and continue to plant seeds of beautiful flowers… to reap today and tomorrow great health and more. I am going to trust that today I am struggling with the weeds I planted years ago, that my body is speaking to me, and I just need to listen, and through my continued efforts today I can heal into optimal health and wellness… Who is with me? What actions will you take today? What will you sow into for your future? When is the right time for you to change the trajectory of your path? I hope that TODAY is your day too, because there is no better day then the present! <3