It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Chapter 3, Page 13, Book 13
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
World Health Organization, 1948
The overall condition of an organism at a given time.
Soundness, especially of body or mind; freedom from disease or abnormality.
A condition of optimal well-being
I am thankful for my health. I am in pretty good shape, mind, body and soul. Although I have been suffering from what is known here in northern Ohio as the Cleveland Crude, which is mainly a sinus condition that hasn't gone away completely since this past Thanksgiving. It doesn't really make you sick, it is just a miserable feeling at times. Stuffy, congested and coughing. It seems to go away with warmer and sunny weather. I've had it before and don't like it at all, but I know what the cure is.
When I think about what others suffer this is only a mild inconvenience. Many undergo difficult treatments: grueling physical therapy, radiation and chemotherapy, special diets, etc. People who want to be healed will follow the doctor's treatment. For me it's a matter of waiting for a change in the weather.
Thankfully, I haven't been to the doctor in years. The little poem below says a lot about what I believe to be true.
The best six doctors anywhere And no one can deny it Are sunshine, water, rest, and air Exercise and diet. These six will gladly you attend If only you are willing Your mind they'll ease Your will they'll mend And charge you not a shilling.
There are many ways to stay healthy besides going to a doctor. I can add to the above by saying that daily Scripture reading, prayers and faith do a lot for my well being. I think it's important to keep your mind and soul healthy too.
I'm grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.