The holiday season has always caused me to stop and reflect. The Winter Solstice, eternally representing a time of regrowth and renewal, is right around the corner.
This year, I am reflecting on the opportunities that come with freedom, and the power of choice. We are so fortunate to have our freedoms. We can travel to see family, live in peace, and generally feel safe in this world.
The element of choice is inherent to all definitions of freedom
Freedom allows choices. We can choose where we go, what we do, and how we live. Few of us would choose to live a life of pain or sadness.
Could the failure to choose contribute to illness? I think that it can.
At some point one needs to make a conscious choice to be healthy. Anything of value is going to take some work, time, money, and dedication. Why not apply some focus to your health?
As we enter the holiday season, take some time to reflect upon a single choice that you could make today that could change the course of your life. It may be something simple, like choosing to put on a seat belt every time you get in the car.
Make a single, new healthy choice today
You could choose to eliminate all sweet and sodas. You could choose to know what exactly is in the food that you eat. Or better yet, choose to eat foods that don’t even have a label.
You could choose to move a little more. Maybe choose to take a walk, or to take the stairs instead of the elevator.
The important thing is to choose. We have been blessed to have the opportunity and freedoms to make choices. So choose wisely.
You’ll notice that I’m not talking about resolutions here. What I am recommending is to become more aware. When we become more present in our activities we gain even more freedom.
The ultimate freedom is to be free of pain and suffering
This starts with little more than realizing that you have the ability to make choices. Choices made today are driving your biology to either a state of health, or one of disease.
I publish these letters and blogs because I believe that with good information, you can then make choices to be more well. With more positive choices, positive changes in your life will follow.
Scott Resnick MD