When Did You Stop?
Most of what I present in this column is geared toward what to do in pursuit of a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle. And this has the same tone, just maybe from a different perspective. Physical, mental, and emotional health all play a major role in optimal human performance. But let’s face it, none of us perform, even close to one hundred percent capacity.
As we age, people tend to become more reactive than proactive regarding their health. The majority will likely want to reverse that at some point in their lives but oftentimes it’s too late to regain the form you’re looking for, at least with a mainstream approach. And thus the cycle repeats; poor thought processes, poor lifestyle choices, compounded by time equals suboptimal everything.
So why do we start making those poor decisions in the first place? Well it starts with stress. In today’s retail and branded consumer society, almost everything we consume creates some type of stress on the system. From blue lights and processed sugar to concrete and noise, it can be difficult to escape. Kids on the other hand are able to fend off some of this off by their unobstructed thoughts, high energy systems and natural physiological development.
But once the pressures of being a responsible adult begin to set in, that’s when it really starts. So if you’re struggling to find that healthy groove, consider these words from Gabrielle Roth - “If you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?”
Although these four questions don’t offer any specific insight as to what to do with the answers, they do allow us to better understand what we’re dealing with. The good news is the body, mind and soul are all receptive to repair. It just takes time and an honest assessment about when you stopped thinking and doing the things to create your best life.
In Health and Happiness,
Kennon McArthur – CHEK IMS, HLC
@catchinglessons on X