How healthy do I want to be?

An excerpt from Chapter IX/”True Effort” – from my book, A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health…

“According to the philosophy defined herein, a significant level of true health clearly reflects the healthful practice of employing true effort – and
real and substantive true effort cannot be realized unless such action is in distinct congruence with ‘doing the right thing for the right sake,’ e.g., the right sake being without the need for selfish recognition. Herein, so-to-speak, our ‘load is lightened,’ fostering less and less stress and anxiety – making true effort possible and actually enjoyable when we realize a lightness of being, not bogged-down by selfish and/or emotional baggage …a wonderful, abundant level of healthful true self-efficacy. In looking at the issue in full circle, doing the right thing for the right sake, unto itself, when contrasted with other healthful objectives which we might attempt, is among the most difficult – requiring an amazing amount of effort. Albeit, nothing will better enforce substantive realization of comprehensive and genuine health and wellness.

If we wish to take true responsibility for our own health and wellbeing, then it may be possible that we can learn to mindfully and objectively witness and make real the notion that life should be the highest of art forms: The more and more selfless one becomes in creating one’s art form, the more and more beautiful and healthful the art, the artist becomes. It is learning to ‘play the part of the perfect witness’ – to oneself and the world in which we are an integral part. It is an outlook which is unblemished and light. It is true honesty…learning to prefer to not be weighted-down by desire of recognition for one’s good work/effort. It is a significant key to unlocking the door to true health. When making healthful positive changes in one’s life, it is of great importance to be truly appreciative of the miracle of being able to do so. This is a gift made real by our own efforts and by the efforts of others. True health is being a loving witness to the process and knowing not to be afraid of the notion that there is always room for improvement.

It is amazing what we as human beings can accomplish when we do not give up. Notwithstanding, we often display little faith in the obvious potential benefits of making healthful changes in our lives. Realizing such benefits requires significant amounts of effort, time, and patience. We are so spoiled – the popular culture of our modern society is promoting of the unhealthful commonplace attitude of “I want it now.” If we cannot have it easily and ‘right now,’ then it is becoming more and more customary to have the outlook that it is ‘too hard’ – it takes too much effort. This unhealthy spirit is becoming terribly entrenched. We seem to display an intrinsic discomfort toward making healthful choices because it is not clear, it is not for certain, as to what problems or illnesses we will avoid by enforcing ongoing healthful choices. Denying ourselves unhealthful pleasure/preference seems so cruel. The healthful question we need to ask in considering goals is NOT, “How much immediate gratification will I enjoy?” Healthful questions are, “How healthy do I want to be?” “How good do I want to be at it?” “How skilled?” “Can I make and leave the world a better place by making healthful changes?” Enforcing healthful change and thus a more and more healthful way-of-life is not simply just good for oneself – it is less costly to society and less harmful to the world at large: It makes the world a better place on multiple levels. It is our true responsibility.” — Dr. Glen Hepker (Copyright 2011)

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