Monday, January 12, 2009

A Brief Affirmation of this Journey

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.


  1. Thanks for the encouragement.
    I had a terrific workout, and am doing my best to let it go.
    I hope the smile on my face doesn't fade today, and that I eat all that I have planned.. and nothing more! :)
    Have a great day!

  2. Thanks for that, I needed it today. My body is feeling sore and tired tonight from my exercise and my mind is feeling afraid of what I actually might be able to achieve.

    Thank you so much for the inspiration this evening and always.

  3. I hope you know you are truly an inspiration. I love reading your blog!

  4. Wow, I've never heard that! Thanks!!!

  5. I too have never thought of it that way, puts quite an interesting spin on it! I like, I like! :-)

  6. That's really cool! It's a really nice affirmation that we are all here because we are healthy and getting healthier. Sometimes, I feel like something from the Island of Misfit Toys, but the more I'm here, I feel like I'm normal.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog post. Thanks for sharing your story, I really feel for you.

    I LOVE your child rearing advice. I laughed my a$$ off. At first I thought you were going to tell me not to feed the kid candy, but your advice was better, though knowing my son, he'd probably find a way to get me into the cage while he danced around it poking me with a stick.

    Have a good day!

  7. YES WE ALL CAN AND WE WILL!! Love all your thoughts and posts. It's so great that we can all be here in this journey together. Have a great day!

  8. Awesome perspective and so true. So we shouldn't work to avoid the discomforts of this journey, because honestly, they are proof that we are pushing our body which is what will ultimately change it! Thank you for the insight (as usual!)

  9. Thank you for the inspiring words.

  10. I've been feeling out of sorts today because of all the shitty stuff happening right now & you just made me feel alot better...again.
    We are brave souls...all of us. This is some hard crap we have to slog through some days.
    Thanks for shining your light.

  11. Oh my god! I remember that but who told that parable... It wasn't "recovery Linda" ... was it?

    I needed to hear this because I fucked up on something tonight and will have to face it at some point (see blog post later).

  12. Thats an interesting way to look at it. thanks for posting it.

    As Ever

  13. I was just thinking about how I have developed a real path to wellness this morning on the bus ride in to work. I wouldn't say that I am on a diet anymore. I have built a plan for myself that is so rich and healthy and delicious and doable that I can really eat this way for the rest of my life and not feel deprived. I have struggled. I've been sick before all of this never being able to cope and killing myself slowly. I was sick at the start of this journey. It was rough going at first giving up the half and half in my coffee, ditching the snacks and the sweets, giving up meat and eggs, starting to eat vegetables and whole grains... All of those things were new things for me. All of those things were steps along the way to being a healthy person. Great post!

  14. It was like you were inside my head with that comment you left on my most recent post! I couldn't have put it better myself. Thanks!

  15. Interesting point. The process of healing is messy and hard and painful but its also healthy and beautiful. The body is so amazing, isn't it?