March 17
Some people think that
doctors and nurses can
put scrambled eggs back
into the shell.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher


Today's Meditation:

I know many of these people.  They seem to take their health for granted, or at least not even think about it at all.  To them, life is about doing what they want, when they want to do it, whether that be eating foods that aren't at all healthy, commit acts that put them at great risk, or simply neglect themselves and allow their bodies to fall into a state of disrepair.  And then, when things get bad enough, they expect medical professionals to be able to perform miracles by instantly bringing them back to good health with a simple prescription or procedure.

I've seen scrambled eggs, though, and I know that they can't go back into the shell.  They've been changed so much that they no longer would fit, and they're no longer liquid, anyway.  And besides, the shell is broken--it had to be to be able to scramble the eggs, right?

I love Dorothy's analogy, because I think it's the best one I've seen on this topic.  The only weakness in it is that the human body, once turned into a scrambled egg, actually can be brought back to a state of good health--it's just that the doctors and nurses can't do that.  It's something that has to come from us, ourselves. And that's really good news, but I think that Dorothy's point is quite simple--don't scramble the egg in the first place.  Take care of your body.  Maintain its integrity, and maintain its health.  You have a great gift that you use each day, to see and to feel and to function in this world, and if you abuse it, it will deteriorate; its level of functionality will decline and diminish.

How can our spirits sing if our bodies feel awful?  Not taking care of our bodies tends to be a sign of something else going on with our spirits and our minds, so please make sure that you take care of all three, for life is too short to go through it feeling awful.  You have a great gift in that body of yours, so please don't expect doctors and nurses to be able to reverse any damage that you may be doing.  After all, it's much easier to maintain something in a healthy state than it is to return it to a healthy state.

Questions to consider:

In what ways do people tend to neglect or abuse their bodies?  Why do they do these things?

Why do we tend to look at doctors and nurses as miracle workers who can do anything?  Are they really at that level?

What kinds of things can you do today to maintain your health or start or continue the process of returning to a healthy state?

For further thought:

Most illnesses do not, as is generally thought, come like
a bolt out of the blue.  The ground is prepared for years,
through faulty diet, intemperance, overwork, and moral
conflicts, slowly eroding the subject's vitality.  And when
at last the illness suddenly shows itself, it would be a most
superficial medicine which treated it without going back
to its remote causes, to all that I call "personal problems."

Paul Tournier


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