I’m a big fan of Dr. Oz and his truth tube. If you haven’t seen this heart surgeon’s show find it. He’s got this way of getting people to face their health issues straight in glaring light truth using his gentle manners. It’s not such an easy thing to do if I want to be honest about it. I can just shrug and figure his standard for health is higher than mine. That’s a good excuse to eat what feels good rather than feed myself with the smarts in my brain and food that builds health rather than breaks it down.
Essentially he spreads all the important issues of health out like a map and points a finger which says “you are here”, It’s rather like standing in front of the mall directory and we need to find the thing we came for and get out of there quick. I know I’m pleased when what I need is close to where I’m standing. With our health it would be nice if our place on the map equaled where we are supposed to be, but it rarely is. It seems like a long way to go and not worth the trouble after all. Unless, there’s something worth achieving greater health standing there waiting for us….
….like a little baby girl in Uganda…. who needs her mommy to be as highly energetic, emotionally balanced, smart, rested and nourished as will be necessary to keep up with her toddling little self. And unfortunately, coffee isn’t the right answer for an afternoon slump.
I put myself in the truth tube recently. I also put myself on a training program inside and out. I made gentle gradual goals towards excellent health. Good health isn’t going to cut it with a baby, two teenagers, a third grader, the first one off to college and a husband that I want to adore with all of me. I need to be in top shape. When I think of my health I do have a holistic point of view. I came up with an image of my health that serves as my own truth tube. Indulge me… (I was a fantasizing teenager when I drew this picture)
I think there are four components to my health: mind, body, emotions and spirit. They have to all get along. For me to know they are in balance and functioning optimally one component cannot be heavier than the others so I imagine they are like a pyramid, inverted, and they have to balance on one point and spin…gently…not to fast. (really my dancer’s view was an arabesque on one pointe, but that’s too difficult to explain) As a pyramid I can just sense it on my inner scale when it’s flopped over on one side. Try as I might I can’t ignore that nagging voice.
Crazy? Well it works for me. I’m getting this old girl ready to be in spinning shape so I can not only get through the next few months full of big events, but thoroughly enjoy all of it. So I’m looking at the map that says “you are here”, and I got a little ways to go before I’m in excellent condition to have Kira join our big boistrous bunch. The work and discipline will be worth it. I know that for sure. I’m just wondering am I alone here? Anyone else brave enough to jump into their own truth tube and make some goals? No need to wait for January. (Poor Craig I stared him down until he made his eye and dermatology appointments) I won’t stare anyone else down but him. But I will welcome support as I stretch towards my new higher standard for myself.