Knowledge - lots of knowledge - about health and well being does not magically make you/me a healthy, wise person. In fact, all of this knowledge garnered over the years can and does mess us/me up - Yes, you heard it! "She has drowned in her own "self help" pond!" Well here's an adage that does speak truth - "Been there; done that and got the t-shirt to prove it!". Unfortunately, the t-shirt doesn't fit anymore!
I once heard it explained this way - that once I knew all of this "healthier life style" stuff, and then fell off the "healthier life train" it would be much harder to get back on and keep chugging along. I smirked when I first heard that as I believed knowledge and wisdom did go hand in hand and I certainly wasn't going to be that "unwise" to mess it up - again! However, I now get it - I know a lot of the excuses I use to justify my unhealthy eating choices or my multiple reasons for not walking or biking or "fill in the blank". I know a lot about all of the solutions too - like the self help jargon that goes along with each diet trend; the motivational posters; the "sisterhood of the bulge" hurrahs: "What touches your lips stays on your hips"; "Move it or lose it"; "Motion is lotion"; and, my favorite - "No pain; No gain!" Can we all say JADED?! Well, I have become a little jaded. I have procrastinated, binged, vegetated and gained. Today, I woke up and thought: "What are you doing, girl? All those months, days, hours you walked and managed to eat reasonable amounts of food - you lost the pounds and gained so much well being you were, like, flying to embrace the great pot of average BMI in the sky!"
Enough - time to land back in the real world. Retirement has arrived! I no longer can say "when I have time". I am back to Square #1 - Never Quit! I now remember my own banter - health and well being are not destinations - they are the journey! You never arrive - you just enjoy the ride - or walk or run! More greens, more movement, more laughing, more spiritual growing, more, more, more - giggle and grin; cry and sing; move and revel in the wind on your face or the extra spring in your step today; seek the silence in between the life moments - there, in that silent place you will catch a glimpse of the wisdom you have been seeking - joy in the moment. It is not all in the words and certainly not all in the food! It is in how you care for yourself and the world around you - with love and respect and faith that, when all is said and done, and the journey is ended, you will finally be able to rejoice in a life well lived to the very end.
So tomorrow I am going to share lunch with my family (a healthy lunch!), play with my friends, build a sand castle, float on an inner tube, ride my bike and screech to a stop in a cloud of dust. I am going to hug someone I love and be kind to a stranger. I am going to be thankful for each smile and embrace each tear for what it is - proof that I can feel deeply and still live to see another day - ah, wisdom, there you are! I hope you will come out to play tomorrow too!