The human body naturally seeks homeostasis or balance. This course does not need any thought or action from the individual; it is a natural process. Recently, I took the Partners in Health and Wholeness pledge to make some healthy lifestyle changes, seeking that homeostasis in my life. However, it doesn’t seem so easy. As an intern with Partners in health and Wholeness, I want to practice what I preach.
In the past, I have looked at attaining this balance as a destination. A time when the physical, mental and spiritual would be perfect, such as achieving the ideal weight, not worrying about any situation, or even living the perfect Christian life. The truth is the balance I seek in my life is not a destination but a journey, a constant ebb and flow of thoughts, beliefs and actions on my part to stay balanced. Seeing this balance as a destination is an illusion and is sabotaging the progression from the start. At times, I reach two of the many goals or even three, but only for a short while. And after beating myself up for not doing better, I usually abandon the healthy habits.
This has been one of the most confusing battles in life for me – how to reach and maintain this balance or peace, if you will. I have always heard that God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33) but never applied it to healthy habits. Understanding this characteristic of God helped me to reach the conclusion that change is not a destination but a journey, and should be embraced by everyone. Partners in Health and Wholeness has been inspirational to me in this aspect of my life by relating the three prongs together and showing that it doesn’t have to be overnight, that incremental positive change can pay dividends in the long run. If you would like to take the same pledge as I did, please go here.
by Johnny Robers, PHW Intern