Society really needs to stop the glorification of busy, and I am not one who is going to listen and accept all the excuses of not having enough time to care about making health a priority in life. Let me rephrase that, I may listen to the laundry list, but I will definitely provide the tough questions in response and offer that better time management choices and priorities need to be addressed. So many people create too much “busy” in life that every second of every hour is consumed by work, overtime, functions, social, social, social, volunteer work, more work, more functions and the “YES” list goes on and on. How can anyone pull themselves out of such a drowning pool of stuff, and many times all those so called important things consuming every minute are not even necessary. Further, many of the things that fill those precious seconds are ways to avoid or hide from just “being”. What is wrong with society to feel guilty sitting still for an hour alone in a contemplative state, relaxing, meditating, or exercising. Has it got so bad that avoidance of looking at ourselves is too scary, disappointing, and living in denial has become the “norm”?
I am convinced that people think it is impressive to be over busy and brag about it ad nauseam like some sort of “busy” award should be given. I hope this ruffles a few feathers and causes people to think about their “busy” in the whole big scheme of life. I mean what is this so “busy” mentality that good health is kicked to the curb and illness is accepted, and further taking pharmaceuticals to take care of the illness and stress caused by the “busy” and that being accepted. Can you tell I am on a “soap box” on this subject? I have worked in the health industry for over 30 years, and am strongly stating that the tiresome laundry list of busy needs a good washing out. I am not talking about busy that may come from handling a temporary crisis, but years of putting off a healthy lifestyle all for the glorification of meaningless busy.
The hard truth is that good health does not care about busy, and all those things that are cluttering up our time, creating stress, and keeping us from a healthy lifestyle WILL bring the consequence of illness. Maybe not today or even tomorrow, but all that procrastination of not taking care of YOU will rear its’ ugly head in the form of illness, obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, joint and spinal issues, depression, and that list can go on and on as well. It is the blow of illness that can rattle a person and finally cause a wake-up call to adapt a healthy lifestyle. Sadly, and many times at this point, permanent damage to body processes have already taken place, and the person that once was can never be again, to the extent of 100% recovery anyway. It is at that point that the “things” in life become unimportant as the struggle to become healthy, and the regret of not taking care of oneself surfaces to the forefront of one’s life.
We are all at a point of being able to prevent or greatly reduce illness, and I am and always will be a very candid health professional with you, my family, and all of my clients. I can write all this to you and hope that you listen, but this is your journey and your decision. I fear for those who choose to let this go in one ear and out the other, and if I have reached and shaken the limbs of others to start now to live a healthy lifestyle, then I have accomplished the goal I set out to with this write.
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