“Make Good Choices!”
“Make good choices!” Anyone with kids has heard this whether we’ve said it out loud or not. Those of us who refuse to utter anything this cheesy unless we’re joking around (which I never do, not ever) have other ways of reminding our children that good choices contribute to happier days.
“Remember what happened the last time you did that?”
“Be good so we can have movie night.”
“Okay, you basically got yourself in trouble because I literally just warned you not to do that.”
“Just so we’re on the same page, if you do anything that results in getting sent home at parents’ expense you will have to pay me back. Please keep this in mind when deciding who to hang out with.”
Sometimes adults need reminders to make good choices, too. I have my friend Mary DeMuth—who included this informative downloadable image in her newsletter—to thank for this week’s reminder (thanks, Mary!):
Several months ago, I wrote a blog post about little things that made a huge difference in how I felt. Since then I’ve had to be prompted multiple times that how I feel physically, and even emotionally, often depends on my choices. Some things I can blame on my ancestors (a tendency toward anxiety and depression, for example—thanks, family!) or being “of a certain age.” Sometimes I drag around because I didn’t sleep well or finally accepted that I might not be above having seasonal allergies after all. Every once in a while, the past still “comes back to bite me” as I like to put it, and when that happens I know why I feel off. But, sometimes the off feeling is more my fault than the past’s. I have caught on, for example, that not sleeping well could have something to do with what I chose to eat, drink, watch, or google too close to bedtime. I bet that is new news to a lot of people!Not sleeping well could have something to do with what I chose to eat, drink, watch, or google… Click To Tweet
Entering a new decade came with the wake-up call that, as much as hearing “I’m/you’re not getting any younger” triggers the desire to come back with, “Name one person who is beside that creepy Benjamin Button guy,” I will only be getting older, but I would like to avoid looking or feeling my age for as long as possible. I also don’t want to become the 70-year-old who has decided that a predisposition to moodiness, along with having an artistic personality and what happened to her 60 years ago, gives her permission to declare her dark side completely beyond her control.
I want to be healthy. I want to feel good. I want people to be shocked when they hear how old I am. I want to not drive my friends and loves ones crazy. I want to not drive myself crazy.
So I’m trying to make good choice.
Knowing when to cut myself off from coffee and switch to herbal tea or this cool new drink called water, and when to cut myself off from researching topics that will only mess with my mind, or dwell on things to the point of messing with my own mind.
Being willing to be the weird one in the family who orders a salad at a fast food restaurant, and the one who knows when to go to counseling.
Knowing when to go to the doctor and when to take a serious look at my caffeine and sugar intake.I want to be healthy. I want to feel good. I want people to be shocked when they hear how old I… Click To Tweet
I’m sure that I’ll need to be reminded to do these things, and more, again and again, but hopefully I’ll catch on more quickly every time.
What connections do you see between your choices and how you feel? What are you doing differently these days?
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)