Health is wealth states the old saying. Indeed, a proper well-being is one of the most precious possessions we can have in this world. It is a treasure we should always remember to protect and take good care of. There’s no argument here and I know you fully understand my point. In fact, even plain common sense would rightly agree.
However, it’s quite ironic that some of us don’t really give this adage much weight in our lives. I have friends who overwork themselves in the office. Some of them drink beer as if it’s water. I even know people who had never broken sweat over exercise for the longest time. And no, I’m not counting myself out, for I’m also guilty of a few unhealthy habits that I consciously perpetuate.
So why do we do this? I know it’s not because we don’t know that these are self-detrimental. It’s not even because we have no healthier alternatives and better choices. Well is it because we believe that being young warrants us to ignore our health; thinking that sickness only befall the weak and old? Maybe that’s the reason, but I don’t really know.
These were my thoughts the other day as I was finishing my jog on the treadmill at the gym. I do have this habit of zoning out and dwelling inside my head when I do my exercise routine. Perhaps I looked troubled and conflicted during that time because another gym member took notice and asked me if I was all right.
I snapped out of my trance and answered that I am fine. A bit embarrassed on what just happened and also wanting to catch my breath from the run, I decided to sit and rest for a bit. It was around two o’clock in the afternoon, a time when most people are working in the office. I looked around the gym and saw the bustling crowd and assumed that these people are probably not part of the corporate world.
I began to think and imagine. Most of these health buffs are probably freelancers or business owners, because they could afford to be at the gym during this time. As I silently watched these people go about their fitness routines, a realization came to me. Health is not only wealth; health also makes wealth.
- Physical health is the foundation. It allows us to work efficiently. It is the kinetic energy that gives us power to do our tasks and achieve our goals.
- Emotional health are the columns. It supports our enthusiasm to work. It is the positive energy that keeps us motivated and helps us overcome failures.
- Mental health makes the roof. It shelters the problem solving and decision making skills that optimize our work. It is the creative energy that allows us to see opportunities and leverage our resources.
- Spiritual health forms the wall. It keeps the purpose why we work. It is the light energy that gives sense to our actions and meaning to our life.
Together, they form a house that becomes the home of your wealth and your dreams. So make your life healthy.
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