Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
I have met many people over the years who think their lives are in the toilet. They feel, discouraged, beat down and sometimes hopeless about the situation they find themselves in. Perhaps they blame their parents, the neighborhood they grew up in or just plain bad luck.
They feel stuck where they are in life and see no way to improve their situation. Given this level of despair, they complain about their lot, become angry about it and sometimes are given to violence arising from their frustration.
I recently attended a workshop on inflammation. In case you have not heard much about this, inflammation is the body’s response to alien bacteria invading our systems, leading to a variety of diseases such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure and diabetes among others. Some think that most diseases stem from inflammation.
I was following along placidly until the presenter reached the causes of inflammation. In addition to unhealthy bacteria, pesticides in our crops, hormones in our meat, industrial pollutants in the air and of course chronic stress weaken our immune systems which are busy working full time to protect us from assault on our bodies.
At first it seemed like the only way to stay healthy was to live in a glass bubble and have your air and water scrubbed clean as well as eating only foods carefully protected from pollutants and genetic changes. It also did not sound like a very enjoyable way to live.
Fortunately reasonable approaches followed. They include moving toward organic, unprocessed, unmodified food. More exercise, better sleep and stress reduction also help. Since it is hard to avoid the environment we live in, nutrients and supplements can help strengthen our immune systems until we as citizens of the world decide that a healthy earth is a higher priority than it is now.
The pessimists I mentioned might just continue to rage about their doomed lives or give up and indulge their whims at the moment, sure that they will soon die whatever they do. Yet, as with inflammation, you can make changes to better your life. Of course you can’t change your past, whether your misfortunes were your own doing or not. Perhaps the first hurdle is to realize that you do have choices. It might not feel like it sometimes but you don’t have to keep doing what you are doing.
Maybe you can’t become brilliant or incredibly wealthy unless you have the right genes or family fortune. You do have some talents however. You can find out what they are, develop them and use them to your best advantage to improve your life. What are you waiting for?
Life Lab Lessons
- Make a list of what you are good at.
- Ask your friends or family what they see as your strong points.
- Consider how you can use these to improve your life.
- See if what you view as your weaknesses can be of use to you.
- Look at your health in a new way.