This morning I remembered an excellent concept a good friend of mine once shared with me, and I thought I'd share it here for what it's worth:
When you see a person who is pale, sweating, shivering - generally looking feverish, maybe even throwing up...what would you call that person?
A truly sick person wouldn't have the ability to heal. Their body would break down, unable to cope with the issues inside them.
It's the person who is dealing with their sickness through a natural healing process who is ultimately healthy. That person is undergoing the process of healing, and it may be painful, long, uncomfortable, unpleasant, or just hard to do, but it's through that process that they are able to become well.
A great thing to remember, especially when struggling, is that truth:
Much like the body goes through difficult times in order to rid itself of an illness and become well, so can we as people choose to go through the occasionally or even frequently difficult process of healing in order to rid ourselves of excess fat, physical ailments, negative attitudes & perspectives, and instead gain a higher level of health: mentally, emotionally, and physically.