choosing wellness becomes the only option.
I think it is so interesting that when we are injured physically or become ill, we don't usually think twice about doing whatever it is that our physician has requested of us. We go through a series of tests or lab work. We have surgeries and we take medications. Some patients spend days, weeks, and even months going through excruciating physical therapy. If we want to lose weight or just embrace a healthier lifestyle, we, again, adopt the mindset of a long-term regime or routine of exercise and/or diet. However, why is it that when it comes to choosing psychological, emotional, and relational wellness,we are often not as willing to apply that same mindset to our recovery work? Why do we expect a quick fix? When I think of individuals who have not only chosen wellness but who have sustained it....
I remember closing with these words, "You didn't get here overnight - and it's going to take a while to get to where you want to be. Are you willing to do the hard work?"
In preparation for today's blog, I have spent hours reflecting on friends, family members, and former clients who have chosen wellness. From those with more minor struggles to those who endured the most horrific injuries and injustices, I vividly recall that these brave souls - at some time in sharing their narratives - had a clear purpose in choosing wellness. Yes, it was to live a healthier, happier, and more whole life. But, it was also reflected in comments such as these:
- I don't want to repeat the same mistakes of my parents.
- I want to be a better mother for my daughter.
- I want to set an example for my children...and for others.
- I want my life to mean something.
- I want to be able to give back.
- It is so important for me to make a difference in my family and with others.
Get ready for three intriguing insights!