This week my daughter asked me, “Mom, what do you like to collect?” I had to think about that one for a while. Rocks? No. Stamps? No. Dishes? No, not really. It took me a while to come up with something, but I realized that what I like to collect most are words. And I wanted to share with you these words by William Arthur Ward:
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
When you face a health challenge, you may wonder just how realistic is wellness?
It is very real (and to me quite awe inspiring) to consider that there are trillions of cells that make up the human body and that these cells are constantly changing and renewing. In fact, millions of old cells in the body die and millions of new cells are created every day. It is also very real that the things we do each day can create better balance in the body and enhance the process of regeneration and renewal or the things we do can create barriers to our health.
The optimist in me says that these very realistic considerations are reasons to feel hope in the face of a health challenge. And the realist says that although we cannot control outcomes, we sure can create the best conditions in the body for greater health to blossom.
Learning to focus on wellness is about creating the most optimal conditions in our lives that help to enhance healing, regeneration, and renewal in the body. This is what the Nurture Healing Wellness Programs are all about.
Of course, it is important to realized that there are many things that contribute to illness – genetics, environment, lifestyle, socioeconomics, as well as seemingly random events. Just like the wind, some of these things we cannot alter or control. However, in the vast majority of illnesses, there are at least some lifestyle factors that we can alter and in doing so we can help to shift the biochemistry in the body to promote greater healing. This focus on wellness is very realistic – like adjusting the sails.
The key to this approach is to stop thinking of health as a static state that we must achieve someday. Forget someday. Someday thinking is only a set up for missing the opportunities that exist in the present moment. Remember those millions of cells dying and those millions of cells being created – that is happening today. So instead of thinking about getting healthy someday, try to focus on how to tap into the process of renewal and regeneration and help the body to be as well as possible today. Today is when healing happens. And today is when we can become empowered to take steps to align with wellness. Changes we make today to promote wellness in the body can have potentially profound effects on our overall health.
As with any change, there will certainly be those days that didn’t quite work out the way we planned. Life has a way of taking us on all sorts of paths we didn’t expect. On those days, (which sometimes can feel like an awful lot of days), we can simply call it good enough. We can decide to allow it to be what it is. And we can begin anew tomorrow.
Like most things worth doing, learning to focus on wellness and creating better balance in the body takes practice. Having support, guidance and inspiration can help when making health and wellness promoting changes. For those who wish to receive support in their wellness, I am happy to be able to offer a The Nurture Healing Wellness Programs. The Wellness programs and workshops are an opportunity to explore the 5 Pillars of Wellness and gain skills to apply these wellness tools in your life so that you can make tangible positive steps in the direction of greater health. The 5 Pillars we explore in the program are Mindfulness, Food, Relaxation, Movement, and Joy and the wellness program is ideal for those who are interested in learning how to cultivate greater wellness, healing, and recovery in the body.
As you adjust the sails into the wind of your day, enjoy these words by Marcel Proust:
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking out new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
May your voyage be filled with greater wellness of body, mind, and spirit.