I was sitting in church this morning listening to what turned out to be one of the more awesome messages from Jeff Harris, the Senior Pastor at Grace Point Church. While I try to keep my religious and political beliefs out of my posts, I do want to thank God for leading me to Grace Point and the wonderful community that it is.
That being said, Jeff illustrated a point by using a metaphor that was SO good, I am going to borrow it for the purposes of our own health. It deals with OWNERSHIP and CHOICE.
There are basically three chairs that people sit in when it comes to their personal health and fitness. I’m not just talking about the aesthetics of it either. I mean the whole ball of wax as it encompasses our lives and those lives around us.
Let’s look at the First Chair:
The fancy, comfortable, first chair is where most of us would prefer sitting. This is the chair where everything is going right. We are highly aware of our physical, mental, and emotional health and well being and we are doing all the right things to keep them all operating at their peak levels. That means we are doing the following things:
Exercising regularly and consistently.
Eating healthy foods in the proper amounts and avoiding foods or habits that can hurt us.
Taking time out for healthy, fun activities so that we can enjoy ourselves and the people around us as well. Basically, balancing our work/play time.
Communicating openly and honestly with others, in constructive ways so that we don’t expend valuable time and energy stressing out about what the important people in our lives are thinking or feeling and doing them the same service.
Getting adequate rest and recuperation so that we can keep this cycle going.
Now in all honesty, I really don’t know many people who are sitting in that chair, present company included. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive for it though! Sure, we’re all going to stumble, but how often and how badly we do is completely up to us.
OK, now let’s look at the Middle Chair.
This is probably the most occupied chair in the house. This chair is the one that you sit in when you:
Exercise sporadically or without any real intent. It’s easy to skip workouts or find excuses to do something else that feels “better” when it comes along.
Knowing the difference between healthy and bad food choices and more often than not settling on a “quicker” or “more convenient” choice rather than the one that would do you the most good. Partying a little too often and a little too hard, or even “medicinally” using alcohol or prescription drugs to reduce stress and anxiety without a doctors knowledge.
Spending too much time either working, internet surfing, texting, or game thrashing on your iPad rather than seeking out activities that challenge you physically, mentally and that allow you to interact with your family and friends.
Keeping the things that are concerning to you about your boyfriend/girlfriend, wife/husband, son/daughter, father/mother, friend/coworker… you fill in the blank…buzzing around inside your head, rather than finding the courage to bring it out and talk about it.
Knowing when it’s time to put down the book, remote, keyboard, phone, camera so that you can crawl into bed and get the rest you need to stay productive and healthy (this one is me, BIG TIME…)
The sad part about sitting in this chair is that it’s not one that is blessed with ignorance. The people that slap their fanny down in this chair are making very real CHOICES about their actions because they are usually blessed with either the availability of the knowledge or how to find out if they don’t!
Then there’s the Little Old Chair.
This is a smaller but growing population of people who don’t have a clue about being healthy. They’ve never been active. Nutrition is a foreign language. “Why cook when you can get it out of a machine or in a bag, right?” or, “Exercise? Why should I exercise, I feel fine!”
Unfortunately, as this population gets older and even more sedentary, the load they place on themselves, their families, and the healthcare system is mind boggling. By the time it might get pointed out to them, in most cases irreversible damage has already been done.
There. I got my feelings out and that’s one step towards meeting my goals to creating a healthier, happier me. What chair do you see yourself sitting in, and are you happy with where you’re at? Personally, I’d like to be sitting in a circle of the biggest, softest, and most comfortable chairs surrounded by all of you…
…and in MY circle we’d be watching a Quentin Tarantino movie….. !!
Stay Fit Forever!