Isn't it great we do not live in an existence like animals in wildlife, where in many parts of the world, they must always be on the alert for predators! ......Their wild kingdom desperately seeks water for survival for themselves and their young, but must prove smart and strong to avoid becoming a victim. For in this world, only the strong survive.
In modern civilization, we can awaken each day and go to our kitchen for a glass of water, without worrying that a predator lurks with menacing eyes, watching and waiting.
I have much to be thankful for and rather than waking each day to a state of fear, I pause to reflect on the many good things I do have. In comparison, my life is my Paradise.
However, I never take a day for granted or think for a moment that there are not things that threaten my existence and a very enemy to my soul. So I must still be wary in a different way and be wise so that I continue to be strong .... to survive. For I have this one life to live, the gift that was given me.
Wisdom keeps it's eyes open at all times.
Here is a short list of some of the things we want to avoid falling prey to:
Heart attacks.....Strokes ..... Cancer ..... Diabetes ..... Dementia .....Alzheimers ..... Ill effects of aging and the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle.
(at the end of this blog, I will share an excellent blog by fellow sparker Jstetser called "This is the Day" .... It is definitely worth the reading)
I wish to share two real life situations:
Our next door neighbor: Age 66 ... Male.
We will call him John. John retired at 60 and he and his wife are what they call
"Homebodies" ....and by that, they mean, they stay home. The only time I saw them
was at 5:00 a.m. when I used to leave for work. They both stood with the garage door
open and smoked cigarettes. Our neighbor on the other side, Bob, healthy and active, tried very hard to encourage John to go for walks; "we have more nice days than cold," but refusing to budge, he said, 'We are homebodies, like to stay home and not really interested."
As the saying goes, You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink."
In the last two months, DH and I noticed I never saw John or his wife at any time.
We wondered what was going on.
While talking to Bob and his wife, they informed us John had suffered a major heart attack
and had to spend several days in the hospital. Now home, and advised to start walking and
strengthen his heart. John again refused.
On the other hand, my DH's Uncle, formerly smoked heavily and drank alcohol, but had a turnaround after a massive heart attack! His cardiologist told him 2/3 of his heart was destroyed and only had 1/3 left and even told him he most likely would not live very long.
Well Kirk did not take that lying down. He bought himself the most sturdy walking shoes he could find and I often drove somewhere only to see him walking. We're talking miles! .......Every day. He graduated into it and increased and would never dream of missing a day of walking!
Wow ....... That inspires me and silences those 'excuses' putting them in their place! ...
Kirk went on to outlive the Doctor's prognosis by many years.... He refused to stop living! (he passed away from something unrelated to heart problems) ....
And, as my spark friend, Bjaeger said: "Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it". May we practice "Prevention" and not try to do something when it is too late.
Day separates night
We do not have to live in the dark.
Animals have instincts.
Humans have knowledge.
No, we do not have hungry animals stalking us in anticipation of their next meal, however,
In the human race, we only have to deal with complacency, apathy, extreme business, and procrastination vs. ambition, willingness, and drive to rise up and make a solid commitment and follow up with a plan of action. But we can do it. It is necessary to our survival.
Thanks to Sparks for providing us with a wealth of knowledge, tools, resources, and a community in which to thrive and continue to survive.
Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!
(Here is the link to "This is the Day" I mentioned.