Making Healthy Choices


I have known several people whose lives were severely compromised by failing to make healthy choices. They ended up hurting others with their decisions. Making healthy choices is so critical.


Four Quotes on Health and healthy Choices


Virgil: The greatest wealth is health. 

What does it profit us if we have a million dollars in the bank and body energy that is overdrawn? Like the depleted bank account that doesn’t have enough money to cover the bill, the body also has a bank deposit called chi.  When that chi is wasted, health begins to decline. The Chinese describe chi as an energy force.  How can we possibly attend to finances when out health is down? How can we have good relationships when our health is suffering? How can we achieve anything worthwhile when our well being suffers?  How much can our lives be improved when we make healthy choices?


Quotes on Healthy Choices.
Larry Dossey: The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience.  Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around…. Throughout history, “tender loving care” has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing.   

Perfect Love heals all fear. I don’t know the verse and number, but I know this is in the Bible. Having suffered from anxiety disorder most of my life, I know the healing power of love.

Dr. Dossey has had vast experience in learning how the mind and how the power of love can heal the body, mind, and spirit. He once was scheduled to operate on a man who suddenly became ill due to the curse of a witch doctor. The family told him the curse was a lizard spell. He went across the street to a pet store where he bought a small lizard which he surreptitiously put on the man’s chest and proceeded to “pull the lizard out of him.” All his vital signs went up and the man was healed. Dossey knew the power of the mind and the power of love. Giving and receiving love is a healthy choice.

Mark Twain: Be careful about reading health books.  You may die of a misprint.

In all of the other chapters I included three serious quotes. I put this one in because it made me laugh. Twain, with his characteristic humor, made a succinct point. There is a lot of misinformation out there about health.  I once fell victim to such information. One “doctor” convinced me to go on all raw foods. That nearly killed me. It took a lot of convincing to change my mind about it. It was almost a religion for me. When I cast that one aside, I felt like I was a traitor to the cause. Finding right information about health is a healthy choice.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Joy and Temperance and Repose Slam the door on the doctor’s nose. Longfellow got this one right. With just three words, he gave the word health a new meaning. I’ve often thought that a doctor’s aim should be to put himself out of business by empowering his patients with knowledge of how to do self-care. Yes, I know that I’m not being politically correct by saying “his.” Women are capable of entering into high level fields. In the interest of being concise, I will use the masculine. The point is, sometimes the answers are so simple. Sometimes healthy choices are so easy and simple.

Plan of Action: Do a life evaluation. Do you spend adequate time exercising? Do you have fun in your life? Do you have a healthy diet? Ask yourself all these questions. It’s difficult, if not impossible to have a productive life if your body does not cooperate. It’s almost impossible to have a good financial base if your heart, liver, and kidneys do not work in harmony. And it’s hard to have good relationships if you are in pain.

Turning Away From Unhealthy Behaviors: In my opinion, unhealthy behaviors can be separated into three different factions: Drugs and alcohol, overeating, and excessive sexual behaviors. Think about how you are impacting yourself, your family, your community, and your world through eliminating all mind altering substances and avoiding excessive eating and sex. All of them bring about ill health. Do you really want to impede your life? Do you really want your children to be taking care of you years before they should be? Do you really want your community to absorb the financial responsibilities of your care before you get old? Think about all the stress that could be avoided through making healthy life choices.

Practical Application to Your life: I have several friends who have embarked upon a health routine that has brought radical changes to their lives. It’s the same regimen that is changing mine.

Reverend James Mahoney was experiencing deep depression. He had his hormone levels tested and was placed on a routine designed to correct this situation. Now he routinely gives wonderful talks and serves to inspire members of his church with his empathy, calm, and information.

My friend Rosa has consulted the same physician who placed her on a similar plan which has saved her life. She has added years to her life and life to her years. She has also added both to my life because I chose to consult the same practitioner.

So what about you? How can you bring health into your life? How can you change your life so you can change the lives of your family, your friends, and your community? How can you make your healthy choices make the world a better place?


Bring Balance into Your Life: My father, my brother, and I all did not have lives that were in balance. Fortunately, I learned to bring that balance in before it had lasting effects on me. Both my father and my brother died from their early life indiscretions. I nearly died from depression, anxiety, and psychosis. We all have needed to bring balance into your lives.

Let’s take a look at an exercise designed to create balance.

Picture yourself on a seesaw that is overloaded on one side with life’s challenges. You are about to fall off because it is just too heavy on one end. The kids are driving you nuts. Money is tight. And you hate your job. You feel like giving.

Now picture yourself on a seesaw that has balance. Yes, you still have all the same challenges. But you are balancing them out with a healthy diet, with prayer and meditation, and with the good company of friends. You can now handle anything that comes your way because you are balanced.

Create balance, make healthy choices, and have fun doing it.

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