Perhaps one of the most common resolutions we put out for the new year is a promise to live healthier. We know how much we owe this to ourselves and our loved ones especially those who have come to depend on our continued support and care. Though the earth is not getting any healthier for while we are starting to curb our carbon emissions in some areas, the threat of nuclear war looms in others. These are of course global in their impact and we will all experience the consequences if all efforts to stop such threats should fail. Then there are the ever evolving forms of infectious diseases which continue to bear a great burden upon our public health systems. That of course translates to more anxieties for the future on the individual.
Living healthier however is a personal undertaking. We cannot stop the global problems immediately but we can be better citizens by keeping ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually fit. This reduces the number of sick people and increases the number of people who can work to better the situation of society. This goes without saying of course that a healthy person cultivates a healthy attitude towards life and all aspects thereof. Allow me to indulge in a bit of human philosophy in this entry. There is a question we can all ask ourselves to begin this year with some purpose. How would you like this year to be remembered? I realized this question while writing my personal journal. The entries of which I hope would reflect an improved person from the one in the entries of the past year. Resolutions are only good if they are achieved and they manage to resolve the deficiency of the individual. In my observation, only the most resolved person can manage to fulfill his plans to be better. This is of course fueled greatly by circumstance and no small measure of grace from the One who also desires our improvement and growth. In fact, I personally believe that all things are only made possible by grace. It is therefore impossible to achieve any personal growth apart from the granting of such blessing from the Creator who is in complete control of everything in the universe. Spirituality is cornerstone in self-improvement. No matter how healthy the body and the mind are, without the spiritual aspect, one does not have clear purpose. In this situation, an individual is vulnerable to repetitive blunders and depression being the natural consequence.
Better health is within your grasp. Begin by seeking out the spiritual center of everything. God is always listening and if you doubt his existence, you can still pray an honest prayer to help you believe. If you choose not to take this path, I advice you to take up journal writing to document your thoughts. Write without restraining yourself. Soon, an honest picture of your inner person will emerge. While you might be tempted to burn your journal, try and learn from it before you do so. This will be a good therapy for both the mind and the spirit and it does involve the tactile input of the body to tie things up. In any case, I hope it will be something new for you to do this year. I will share my journal therapy as I put together some lessons for those who will find this interesting.
My prayers for a better and blessed new year for everyone!