I think when most of us hear the word wealth, we think of the first definition I found on dictionary.com that says, “a great quantity or store of money, valuable possessions, property, or other riches.” That is an accurate definition, but I prefer another definition listed which said, “an abundance or profusion of anything; plentiful amount.” By the latter definition, wealth is not only used to describe having an abundance of money, but rather an abundance anything. The abundance I want to focus on in this post is an abundance of health. Why? Because I believe Ralph Waldo Emerson hit the nail on the head when he said,
This first wealth is health.”
Think about it; if you aren’t healthy, chances are if you have an abundance of money, you can’t really enjoy it, and much of it may be depleted trying to regain your health. Also, if you aren’t healthy and want to obtain more money, you won’t be able to until you get your health back first. The Dalai Lama had this to say,
Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.”
How many people do you know that this describes? Maybe you are on that list, but you can begin to turn that around TODAY. In order to change old habits, you must first change your paradigm, or in other words, the way you consistently think about life, because the way you think dictates the way you act. Many times the things we tell ourselves are not true, but we have become so habituated to thinking the same things day in and day out that we never stop to question if the thoughts we are having are true. If you have always told yourself, “I don’t have time to exercise,” and you believe it is true, then you won’t even try to find time. However, when you begin to question that old way of thinking and change it to something like, “Hmmm, maybe if I really think about it, I can find a way to fit more activity in my schedule,” I assure you that things will begin to open up for you, and you will see places where you can save time in order to make more space in your schedule to work out more and to take more time to prepare more nutritious meals instead of grabbing fast food. If you don’t start making time to take care of your health now, you will be forced to make time for doctor’s appointments and treatments down the line. Wouldn’t you rather skip all that? You can! You can begin TODAY accumulating a wealth of health. You are God’s highest form of creation, and you are worth taking care of! You are worthy of an abundance of health, so that you may pursue all the other things you want that life has to offer. Know that you can do anything you decide to do. Decide today how you are going to begin and write it down on several post-it notes and place them wherever you are throughout the day as reminders of your decision to pursue the first wealth. Know that you can do it, and remember the words of Lao Tzu,
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
Take that step, and continue to put one foot in front of the other until you have achieved an abundance of health and then keep going! I send you love and encouragement to do all you can each day to achieve all that you were meant to achieve. You have a purpose and have much to contribute to this world, and how much of your purpose you are able to fulfill is dependent upon your health. It is imperative that you take care of you. Namaste’.