What of the
Michael R. E. Sanders
Mike Sanders, April 2008One issue we all have to confront at some time in our lives is whether we are willing to make a lifestyle change when it comes to our health. Some just can't do it even though they know that they should.
It is fine to have a short-term health goal, but sometimes short-term goals can distract us from our long-term goals. It is easy to set a short-term goal, miss it, and think that is fine because we can set the same short-term goal again.
If we focus on the long-term goals, then the short-term goals fall into place. Therefore, we have to ask ourselves what are our long-term goals vis-à-vis our physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental health. Once we know them, then we can formulate a plan to attain them, and then we stick to the plan: focus, dedication, and discipline are the three pillars of support.
We begin today, right now. We start to think and act positively. If indeed our bodies are temples of God, as the Good Book tells us, then everything we do should be righteous: correct eating, correct thinking. "As a woman thinks, so is she" "Sow abundantly, reap abundantly; sow sparingly; reap sparingly." The Law of Compensation at work -- for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction; bodies in motion tend to stay in motion; etc. We live in the moment and seize the day.
To perfect ourselves, everything we do has to be consistent. I believe that we cannot be positive in one or two areas and negative in other areas -- each aspect of our personalities and existence have to be in harmony if we are to achieve personal perfection. We define our own personal perfection -- which means in part that if we feel at peace then we are acting in harmony with our true personality; if we are depressed, or unhappy, then we are kidding ourselves about who we are, and we need to do some introspection and find the truth about ourselves: who are we? what are our values? do we desire to improve because we want to rather than because we think we have to? Are our personalities consistent with the divinity within us? If not, why not? Knowing thyself is the beginning and the purpose of our journey.
So we begin in all areas; step by step, little by little, line upon line, precept upon precept, with an eye fixed on knowing who we are and acting accordingly. We feed ourselves simple, whole, wholesome foods; we spend time outside communing and becoming at one with nature and all its beauty; we read uplifting and educational books; we choose friends who inspire and motivate us to develop our full potentialities; we realize that whatever happens to us gives us experience and is for our good; we watch inspirational movies; we seek after great literature, art, philosophy, knowledge, and wisdom; we respect our bodies by living virtuously -- we become in harmony with the universe and seek to excel so that righteousness may abound.
In other words, we take a holistic approach to improvement so that the whole of our lives exceeds the sum of the individual parts. We stay in balance as well. We keep our word; when we start something, we finish it; we are workers not wishers; we do not waste time with trifles or trifle with unknowable questions. We are happy because we choose to be.
Visualize success and be happy.