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I just heard this little statement – wellness is well-rounded – and I thought to myself that is so true! If we really want wellness, it won’t just be one aspect of our life.
True wellness encompasses all that we do, how we live and everything that we accomplish in our daily lives. How can we say we are truly well if we are neglecting one area of our many-faceted lives.
But, in order to achieve this wellness of body, soul, and mind we must be intentional. Meaning living in a way that we are purposefully headed toward our particular goal.
One facet of wellness comes in the form of health and nutrition. Another comes in the depth of our spiritual life, while the third is in how we create and keep the environment we live each day in.
Wellness Means Good Health In Body & Soul
Let’s first begin with our health. I can’t even count the number of times that I decided once again to be more healthy. To start eating in a way that would make me feel better, to stop eating junk food, to consistently exercise in order to lose the weight I had been trying to for so many years.
It always seemed like a good and very doable idea at the time, but events, moods or just life would get in the way and leave me making decisions that would lead me to tell myself ‘well I’ve messed up now, I will just start again tomorrow’.
And guess what? After many attempts, I resigned myself to living as if tomorrow, it would all turn around, tomorrow I would have more will power, tomorrow the weight would drop off, and tomorrow my health would be better.
Tomorrow I will eat healthier food. Tomorrow I will exercise. Tomorrow I will drink more water. And tomorrow I will refuse the dessert I am offered. Tomorrow I will live with the intention I have been planning and lose weight. Tomorrow, I will for sure.
The problem was that tomorrow had a tomorrow too and that is where I pushed and shoved my attempts for success to – the next, tomorrow. In doing this I put off any type of progress or success that I could have obtained long ago.
So, lesson one, being well-rounded means not putting off till tomorrow what you can realistically do today. What you can do now. Intentionally making a daily decision to put into place those habits that will bring you to your goal.
The next area that has to be healthy is our spiritual lives. Did I want to be closer to Jesus, live a more joyful life and live out my life in and with the purpose that God desires for me?
If the answer is yes, and I answer truthfully, then it is time to take a look at my daily routines. We are reminded again and again that we don’t know if tomorrow will come and yet we put off what we know we should be doing today.
14 You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be!James 4:14
As a young girl, I was always reminded that Jesus will return and I had better be ready to go to heaven when he does. Or the alternative could mean eternal damnation and spending forever in hell.
Now, as a young person, or even as someone in their 40’s the thought of eternity can still seem far off. I have often excused bad behavior, that I knew I should change, with the excuse ‘yes I know and I will turn my life over to God one day…maybe tomorrow.
But, as I get older and people I know and love get sick or pass away, and how the world has become so hostile to life at any stage & even God himself I realize that time is not the unlimited luxury we think we have.
I could clearly see that my relationship with God needs attention and I am the only one who can begin to mend and grow it. Needing to purposefully put into practice the very things that would nurture it.
Having to set aside time each day to pray. Making a commitment to spend intentional time with Him, there is no other way to build communion with the Living God. I need to go to Mass. I will have to read the Bible and study the Scriptures. And I will have to intentionally discover why it is I believe what I do.
All of this, won’t just happen. I will not wake up one day have a strong relationship with Jesus all because I thought about it once. I have to be committed. Committed to Christ Himself and to spending specific, put aside time, with Him each day.
I will have to kneel, get ready and prepare my heart for receiving Him. And when it feels like I’m not getting anywhere, I have to keep going remembering my intention of having a deeper and more personal relationship with Him. If I quit then that spiritual wellness that I am looking for and desiring so much will not come to be. It won’t just happen. My tomorrow will be just the same as it is today if I give up.
Environment & Daily Habits
Believe it or not the environment we create for ourselves deeply affects what kind of life we will live. How can one feel peaceful and tranquil if you are standing in a literal mess?
I have often wondered this when peering into one of my teenage girl’s bedrooms. How can you study, relax or even sleep when you have mounds of clothes, dirty and not dirty, all over your bed, dresser and floor?
Or how can one feel prepared for the day without taking the time to plan? Every little habit is important – it all matters! Getting up early to pray, reading an inspiring book, unplugging from electronics, combing your hair, washing your face, brushing your teeth, putting on a clean outfit – it all is important for your wellness and well-rounded life.
Even that cluttered countertop, the overstuffed drawer or the closet that needs so desperately to be cleaned out, the vehicle filled with empty food containers, sports equipment, or a stray sock, these are all things that can deter our feeling of contentment and of wellness.
There is a deeper meaning behind ‘spring cleaning‘. Spring is a new beginning and so is deciding to clean our space and get rid of the garbage and the junk, all in the hopes of living in a tidy environment. This is a step toward wellness. Just think of how good it feels when you have finished tackling a much-needed cleaning job.
You just can’t help feeling well and energized!
For me, I know that my life has been full of a need to intentionally go after wellness. In my health, I have to intentionally prepare and eat the foods that are good for me.
I have to fast on purpose and schedule in my exercise. The food I eat and the water I drink doesn’t just magically appear, I have to plan. (i.e. Get a glass, get ice, pour the water ) every step requires intention.
I have scheduled time to pray and read with Jesus every morning ( with coffee of course!). I intentionally talk to Him and ask for help throughout my day. This has become more of a habit, but at first, it had to be intentional.
Because of this intentional seeking of God, I have experienced some blessings beyond what I could ever have imagined.
My husband, family, and my circle of friends are just the beginning of a long list of things I intentionally prayed for. I needed these for the wellness and joy in my daily life. These are truly some of the deepest blessings that continue to bring me into a new level of wellness.
To have true wellness, and have it be well-rounded, you absolutely need to be intentional in your efforts today and every day. It all begins with this moment. I can’t express enough how putting off till tomorrow what could be done today is literally fighting against the very thing you desire.
I’m guilty of this as well – putting action off so many times and all it did was make me unhappy and left with no progress in anything I desired to change.
Many times I have had to start again. And I believe I will have to do this for the rest of my life. I will dream new dreams, desire new and different goals for my marriage, family, health, and life. And that means I will have to put into practice some new habits and routines that will guide me in the desired direction.
I also know that I will try not to put off till tomorrow what I can definitely do today. To keep striving for the well-rounded wellness that I desire so much!