Recently a friend of mine had someone take him to a car dealership and say to him “I’m buying this car for you. You’re so wonderful and I think you deserve it so its YOURS! You can do whatever you want with it because I know you will love and appreciate it and take great care of it.”
It was the car of his dreams! A convertible…red….and FAST! He was SO EXCITED that he drove it off the lot and immediately went to a fast food place to celebrate! He bought a big sloppy burger and fries and a 64 ounce diet soda. As he was driving along enjoying the car and his celebration meal, gooey condiments and lettuce fell from the burger all over the center console and onto his seat and the floor. Then he reached for his soda and it tipped over and spilled onto the passenger seat and floor. He was pretty upset. By the time he was done eating there were fries between the seats and the steering wheel was sticky with ketchup and soda. He made a small effort to clean it up when he got home but not too much because he was exhausted from his day and didnt have time and he wasnt really that worried about it.
The next day he woke up and decided to take the car for a drive. He stopped at a gas station and put the cheapest gas he could find into the car. He then drove up into the mountains and found a place to do some off roading. He knew this car wasnt built for it…it might even damage it, but he WANTED to do this in THIS car so he did! Bouncing over the rocks and tree limbs that were all over the place he could hear pebbles hitting the car and at one point a small log popped up and hit the windshield putting a small crack in it.
He finally drove home…exhausted again…and noticed the car was muddy and had dings in the paint and the bumper was even hanging a little funny. He wasnt too worried about it though because what he REALLY wanted…what he’d always DREAMED of was a car that looked like this:
He wanted to drive around all day in a car that had problems…wanted to put lots of money into repairs and wanted to feel uncomfortable riding in something that was dirty and sticky inside. I think he might have a problem. Don’t you?
I wish I could see your face right now. I wish I could hear what you’re saying…maybe even yelling at the screen! I imagine things like “What is wrong with him??” ” How could he be so ungrateful??” “That car is going to fall apart so fast and then he’ll just have to buy a new one?” and you know…youre so right. I completely agree!
Only…I lied. This wasnt a story about my friend. I dont have a friend who was given a free car. Fortunately I dont have a friend who is that ungrateful. But wait…I do. And I was even this person many years ago. Now this is one of my biggest pet peeves. Its something I dont understand at all. How can a person be so ungrateful for something so valuable that they would fuel it with cheap fuel and ruin it inside and out…especially...WHEN THEY CANT REPLACE IT?? Yep…Im talking about our bodies. The one “vehicle” we are given that will be the only irreplaceable one we get. The one we ride in every day. The one that determines how we feel…how we get around…how we think…how we look and how we move through every minute of our life.
I have several major illnesses. Both my kids do too. At one point in our lives I realized that I had to take our health into my hands because no one else was doing it for me. Especially not a medical system that gets rich off of illness. Does it make sense that they would do all they can to find us cures for the illnesses they are making billions of dollars off of? Or does it make more sense that things like nutrition and natural cures would be swept under the rug because they are not able to patent fruits and veggies and herbal medicines and will LOSE billions of dollars a year if they suggest them (My own MD told me this!)?
I worked hard to get our health in order as much as I could myself. Lots of research…learning to read labels (and teaching them to also! Kids think its fun and soon it becomes a habit. One of the best habits you could give your child!)…learning about alternative therapies and medicines. And now we’re at the point where thats mostly what we use and we are all functioning without prescription drugs. I have been told by MDs that Id most likely be dead by now if it wasn’t for my lifestyle and a few years ago my daughters specialist at Childrens Hospital told us she was the only one in the world with her illness who has never been hospitalized. This and many other things have been complete validation to me that what we are doing is working…that the effort put into it is worth it AND…it isnt hard anymore! We arent paying enormous amounts of co-pays for drugs! Arent paying for hospitalizations! Ans we have manageable enough symptoms to live a satisfying life. I wont pretend life is perfect health wise. It isnt. A regular job at this point is too hard for me to manage but I am not living a miserable existence. Most of the illnesses I have stem from a congenital malformation so there is no “cure” for that natural or not…BUT I am not dead…or wheelchair bound…and I am grateful everyday that I am mobile and happy and I look years younger than I am.
The foods we eat are satisfying and delicious. I have figured out all our favorite comfort foods and look forward to discovering many more. We live in a time where so many people ARE jumping on this bandwagon…becoming vegetarians…gluten free…even the healthiest lifestyle, vegan, that markets and restaurants, food trucks and bars are all starting to offer what we can eat. We even came across a vegan stripclub in Portland online! LOL!!!
Here’s my point though and its a serious one. I am saddened and frustrated everyday by people around me…some whom I love very much…who are sick and in pain who refuse to even try a change in lifestyle (not just food…its important that whatever goes ON our body is natural or preferably organic and that the cleansers etc that we use in our house are natural too)! I am saddened further by the people around me who have healthy bodies they feel are working perfectly who shovel vast amounts of bad things through their face hole and are unconcerned about the future damage they are doing to their vehicle!! Oh how I would love to have that perfectly working body you have and treat it right and see how much mileage I could get out of it!
Please PLEASE think about this. Please go to bed tonight thinking about how long you want to be here…to watch children and grandchildren and great grandchildren…heck if we do this right, great great great grandchildren, grow up! To be able to hang around and watch all the exciting new technologies that are discovered and see how society grows and opens up to saving this earth as they realize the damage thats been done. I want to be around for all of this dont you?? So please think about what fuel youre putting in your “vehicle”. How youre taking care of the outside of it…and whether youre really showing gratitude for what youve been given. Then stick with me and we’ll see if we can figure out how to reverse the damage we’ve done to our own vehicles so far and how we can do that in the most fun and delicious way possible!!! I love you very much and want you around for a LONG time!
PS: Id love to hear your thoughts and questions! “Comment” me please! Comment me hard! 🙂