DAY 2: I choose WHOLE health
I’ve had a six-pack a couple of times in my life and it was pretty cool. Heck- I even invented the WiseCrack abmat! 😜 So needless to say, physical fitness has always been a priority in my life.
BUT I know that physical health is only a portion of true well-being. I’ve known people who are physical specimens that are walking around in an empty (albeit attractive) shell.
True health is mind, body and spirit.
It took an identity crisis (spirit) and a mental breakdown (mind) to realize I needed to tend to my health as a whole. As Jordan Peterson puts it, “When things break down, what has been ignored rushes in.” – 12 Rules for Life
I didn’t see it at the time, but I am grateful for the gift of being stripped of all thought I was- because now I can encourage others that they are more than what they “do”. I am GRATEFUL for the gift of anxiety (the gift that keeps on giving!) because it forced me to examine my toxic thought patterns. I had to learn the lesson deeper so I can encourage others who struggle with anxiety and depression that 1) they are aren’t alone 2) they can overcome mental illness.
“Take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
I am grateful for the lessons in these “gifts” because I am now determined to be a whole, healthy person from the inside out. I check in with my spirit every morning. I ask the little girl inside me what makes her come alive and then I do those things- because those things are what makes this 39 year-old version of me come alive today.
I workout my mind by capturing my thoughts in a journal and holding each one up to the Light. Does this thought about myself hold up to what God say about me? If not I throw that shit out. Daily. Sometimes moment by moment. And I replace all lies with the Truth.
It takes work to be healthy and whole but it pays off exponentially! For you and for the ones in your life who love and depend on you to be well. Take care of your body. Yes. But don’t neglect the other parts of you that need to constant attention.
I choose WHOLE health.
What do you need today little Bonnie? 😊