Choosing Health as an Act of Dissidence
dissidence [dis-i-duh ns] noun. A protest against official policy
If I were a conspiracy theorist, I’d have a theory about why there is such rampant
unhealthiness among us these days.
It would go something like this: There is an organized group of (people, beings, government officials, companies, demons, aliens) actively at work to make us sicker. This group of entities works endlessly to beat the human race into submission, make us subservient, and dumb us down so we can be (dominated, destroyed, eaten). We are fed the propaganda that Someone Other Than Ourselves (SOTOS) is necessary to make us better, and we can’t possibly tackle this without the (pill, surgery, program, wrap, suction, guru) that only SOTOS can provide.
IMHO, what is happening is not so organized as a conspiracy. Rather, I blame Capitalism taking advantage of Busyness.
We race to and from work. We don’t sleep because we’re too wired, or the report is due, or there is no clean laundry--again. We run through the drive-through because we are dead tired and there is no food in the house. We don’t exercise because who has time? Indeed, Busyness has become a badge of honor. How many conversations have you participated in lately that contain the refrain, “I’m just so busy!!”
I’m not against Capitalism--it’s part of what makes our country great. But when the need for profit outweighs the good of people, there is a problem.
SOTOS wants to sell us sunscreen, and so decides to vilify the sun, light-giver and life-giver extraordinaire. We slather on the chemical-laden sunscreen to protect ourselves, and the rate of skin cancer soars. Grocery store shelves are lined with boxes which promise to make dinner fast and easy, and deliver inflammation and empty calories. The ever increasing quest for ease and prosperity leads us to take shortcuts and risks with our health that can lead to disaster.
May I suggest a different, possibly saner approach?
Maybe real food really is our best source of sustenance. Maybe getting enough sleep, so we can be present for ourselves and our families, needs to be a priority. And maybe, just maybe, crafting a life that includes time to feed our minds, our bodies and our souls could be at the top of the daily list instead of just on the wish list.
These days, choosing to take total charge of our own health is a radical act of dissidence.
Wouldn’t it be great to talk to someone who is at peace with the choices they make and the number of hours in their day? Wouldn’t it be greater still to be that person? Want to take charge of your own health? Decide to begin today. Already made that decision? I applaud you. If you need some help getting your health jumpstarted in the right direction, I will gladly walk beside you, coach you, and point the way.