Each of us has choices that we make either benefiting our bodies, or not. From what we eat, to exercise, to even crossing the street. Each of these choices has a consequence, intended or not.
Our own bodies perform miracles on a daily basis in terms of being on auto-pilot. We fix ourselves daily, but we aren't the captains of that boat for most of what goes on while we sit, walk, sleep and so on.
As Oprah writes in her latest O The Oprah Magazine, "Our bodies are amazing. And too often we are not grateful for their perfect functioning, balancing bacteria and enzymes, managing blood flow, thrumming the sinus rhythm beat, beat, beat of our hearts day in, day out."
Sometimes the choices that we make have a devastating effect on our health. This year has been a stark reminder of that for me, given the passing of one of my brothers. Stuart was a kind, gentle man who simply made bad choices on an ongoing basis with regards to his health. He was stubborn and didn't want to be reminded that his choices would ultimately lead to his early death. To me, that is the saddest part of his passing.
Having your health is everything. If you've had a serious illness or been through a health crisis, you'll understand what that means. But for a lot of us, we take our health for granted. Being grateful for our good health can change a person for the better if we just contemplate on the wonders that our bodies performs without missing a beat.