I got a postcard in the mail a few days ago. It’s addressed to my dad. It always makes me smile when something shows up in my mailbox with his name on it given it’s been 33 years since I’ve seen him. I’ve moved seven times since we shared the same address. Great Clips needs to update their mailing list. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t need a haircut.
If you know me at all, you know I’m passionate about wellness. Being well. Staying well. Getting well. I devour health books for fun. I’m fascinated by how God created us. I’ll talk to anyone who wants to listen about what I’ve learned, what I’m doing, and what I’ve done to be well.
Why am I so interested in promoting health and preventing disease?
- It might be the same reason I haven’t seen my dad for 33 years. When I was a junior in high school, my dad went to a doctor for a “check-up”. Four months later – after surgery and radiation – he came home in a wheelchair and spent the last year of his life in a hospital bed in our living room. Two weeks after I graduated from high school, he died of brain cancer.
- Or maybe it’s because eight years ago I got up close and personal with the “C” word again when my mom lost her battle with lung cancer. Suffice to say that after spending a year in and out of cancer clinics and chemo wards, I never – and I mean never – want to go there again. I kept a journal of what it’s like to walk through conventional cancer treatment and it ain’t pretty. Perhaps someday I’ll publish it.
- Or maybe it’s because of meetings like the one I had yesterday – listening to two friends talk about what it’s like to bury their husbands (before the age of 50). Yes, cancer robbed them too.
Now, here’s the thing. I’d rather talk about the benefits of taking care of ourselves than what could happen if we don’t. I like to look on the bright side and take a positive approach. But reality is – they go hand in hand. Promoting health prevents disease. And preventing disease promotes health. Win-Win!
I don’t know how much time I have left on this planet, but I can tell you this – I’m doing all I can not to spend my precious few years funding the cancer industry. Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever. (Deuteronomy 34:7) That’s what I want! I want to live – really live – fully glorify God – do what I’m here to do – and enjoy the abundant life that Jesus came to give us!
And when it’s time, I want to go like Moses – healthy and strong and ready for eternity.
I’m willing to:
- establish habits that move me toward health (and away from disease)
- be intentional about making wellness a way of life for myself and my family
- do what I can and trust God with the rest
If so, come join my brand new FREE Facebook group and let’s focus on the FUNdamentals. Yes, wellness can be fun – and you know what else – being consistent with the fundamentals will often take care of 80% of our health issues. Not bad for simply getting back to the basics, huh?
If you take the “I” out of illness and replace it with “WE” – Illness becomes WEllness! So how about we do this together!
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