Acceptance, Change, and Wisdom

Today is Monday, May 26th

The Topic or Question of the day:

Acceptance, Change and Wisdom

     The last blog’s quote by Reinhold Niebuhr was the Serenity Prayer. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” I often use Reinhold’s wisdom when I counsel people on diet, disease and nutrition. Three statements are made:

The acceptance of the things we cannot change.

The courage to change the things we can.

The wisdom to know the difference.

There are realities in life related to our bodies in regard to eating and the ability for movement therapy that cannot be changed. Some examples are:

  1. Womb experience (Epigenetics, stress of your mother, and your actual delivery)
  2. Genetics
  3. Environment (how you grew up eating)
  4. Job? Schedule? Kids? Caregiver? 
  5. Back damage, knee damage, and immobility or a chronic disease?
  6. Your saboteurs (spouse, mother, friend)?

       There are some choices in life that can be changed?

  1. I can choose to eat differently.
  2. I can walk during my child’s soccer or baseball practice?
  3. I can plan meals.  
  4. I can pack a cooler.
  5. I can switch my beverage of choice.
  6. I can try to water walk or chair exercise.
  7. I can choose to forgive anything in my past.
  8. I can be consistent, plan and be responsible.

Quote or tip of the Day:

Contentment is a great treasure

Take Action Today:

List 3-5 things you cannot change?

LIst 3 things you can change?

Ponder what “the wisdom to know the difference” means?


Critical Thinking

Today is Saturday, May 24th

The Topic of Today is:

Critical Thinking

We ought to realize that recommendations for diet and exercise are not for everyone. Each human being is unique and has different needs. I keep hearing blanket statements of what a person needs to do and eat to stay healthy. I received a pamphlet in the mail yesterday from a University that prides itself in their nutrition program. The recommendations were almost comical for most of us and I imagine, of the 313.9 million people living in the United States, not very many can eat as the brochure suggested every day.  Most of us have good intentions, but eating perfectly everyday is not going to be a reality. I think each of us ought to examine how we feel after eating and exercising, and not worry so much about living to 100. There are some things we just have to accept.  If you feel good after a walk, by all means walk. But, if your feet or back painfully hurt, walking may not be a good idea. Be smart and think things through.

There was an article in the Wall Street Journal from a British journal called Heart that discussed two studies saying, “extreme amounts of exercise may be detrimental to your health.” Did we really need to conduct a study to learn that? Are we not all “thinkers” and realize anything we do in excess is probably harmful? I often think back to my older relatives, my Aunts (Mil, Dorothy, Elaine, Joyce, Toots, and Mert) my Uncles (Chuck, Frank, Joe, Keith, Gay, and Henry) who all lived vibrant lives. The only “exercise” I saw them doing was taking care of their lawn and keeping the house (laundry, floors, cleaning, etc). I doubt they ever got their heart rates up to their VO2 max. Like I said, they all lived vibrant, long lives.

Quote of the Day”

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference” – Reinhold Niebuhr

Take Action Today:

  • Think back to your relatives growing up, and reflect on their activities of daily living.
  • Once again, keep a list of the things you eat and do that make you feel good.
  • Reflect on the Serenity Prayer. (We will come back to this on Monday)