2007-01-05 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

Commentary By Dr. Nancy Gahles

DR. Nancy gahlesDR. Nancy gahles The cultural dictates of this time of year speak to us of eschewing the past and all of our bad habits. We are told to look back at the past celebrations and put them behind us as we cleanse and purge and diet and resolve not to engage in those unhealthy habits again.

This is the attitude that resolutions are born of. I love the word "resolve". It echoes my belief that inherent in every problem lies its own solution. Therefore, to re-solve means to go back and solve the problem. Firstly, you must identify a problem. Inherent in celebrations is the over-indulgence in all areas; eating, drinking and making merry. The joy and camaraderie that accompanies occasions such as these can be very healthy. The sweets and rich foods and drink typical of seasonal parties is not necessarily "bad". And neither are you if you partake of these rightly. 'Tis the season! These traditions are what make memories and bring joy to the season.

There is a problem if you are stuck in a pattern of abusive eating, drinking, spending and partying to the point where you cannot stop. So, take a look at yourself and ask the tough questions. In this case, you can use the timeline of January for re-solution. Go back, identify what is your pattern, in which area, where it begins and create a solution. Re-solution begins with right intention. The easiest and most primitive intention is the desire to be healthy and remain an active participant in your life. Ideally, you can be a pro-active co-creator of your life.

Imagine your best life. Make a road map of how to get there. One step at a time. Like the AAA Trip-Tik. Map it out. Imagine the journey, the adventure, the stops you will make along the way. Yes, the deviations from the main road yield the surprises and make the trip fun!

Find a companion to enjoy the adventures with. Someone who shares your interests. They need not go the whole distance with you but may enhance certain parts of the trip.

Identify those who support you in your life quest. Keep them in your "phone a friend" file. Always ask for help when you need it. Don't wait for a crisis. Pull to the side of the road and call for assistance. Remember to return the favor. Be there for a friend who needs your help, too. This is the way to develop quality relationships built on trust and loyalty. Invaluable virtues in the tool kit of life.

Inspiration is the fuel that keeps the engine going. Self-motivation is the key that turns you on to your goal. What other people have had similar goals and succeeded? Who are your heroes/heroines? Who are your role models? Read all the books written by these people. Attend conferences or lectures in areas related to your interests. Make connections with the people who inspire you, who themselves have been inspired. Talk to them about their strategies for achieving their goals. Ask them how they handled the failures and detours along the way.

Live, breathe, eat and drink the dream of your life. It will be assimilated into your system like any other food substance. It will become your sustenance.

As you evolve into the right living of your highest intention, your own greatest good, that will be, indeed, what will manifest in your life.

Keep tweaking it. That is the fun of living. No need to diet, purge, cleanse or regret. Simply create your intention, desire and inspiration. Mark out your road map and…..

Ladies and gentlemen….Start your engines!

May The Blessings Be!

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