“IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN TO ME!”
These seven words are expressed and/or believed by a large percentage of the population. “Dangerous diseases” and “death” simply isn’t “REAL” to the average person whether young or middle age. SELF DENIAL is the typical approach used to “prevent” oneself from succumbing to these horrific outcomes.
WHY ARE WE SO RESISTANT TO FACE THE TRUTH?
Why do we CHOOSE TO BELIEVE harmful foods will not cause harmful outcomes?
Why do we CHOOSE TO BELIEVE sedentary living will not negatively impact our health?
Why do we CHOOSE TO BELIEVE good health can be achieved without exercise?
Why do we CHOOSE TO BELIEVE stress does not contribute to disease and death?
Why do we CHOOSE TO BELIEVE the FREEDOM to make poor decisions is more important than the RESPONSIBLE option to CHOOSE better alternatives?
Why do we CHOOSE TO BELIEVE our individual health does not affect the lives of those around us (emotionally and financially?)
Why do we CHOOSE TO BELIEVE if something happens to us, it only then becomes time to modify our destructive ways?
DOES OUR FREEDOM TO “CHOOSE TO BELIEVE” MAKE US INCAPABLE OF RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR AND ACTIONS?
If we “KNOW WE SHOULD” behave differently, why must we suffer PAIN before CONSIDERING CHANGE? Can’t we see that DENIAL does not alter the REALITY of EARLY and UNNECESSARY DISEASE AND DEATH?
Do we truly believe the answers to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity will one day be discovered as a result of all the RESEARCH DOLLARS raised by the various health organizations? Every year charitable and for profit organizations want more money because more research is needed as we “get closer to finding the answers.” How can these organizations claim to find “SOLUTIONS” when the population (to a large extent) is RESPONSIBLE for its CAUSE? Can ANY dollar amount raised by the American Heart Association alter the consumer’s choice to regularly purchase fast food as well as food containing pesticides, heavy metals, preservatives, food coloring and antibiotics? How can these charities find REAL SOLUTIONS without qualitatively changing the population’s ATTITUDE and BEHAVIORS?
In just a couple of days a new year will be upon us. Each of us has a CHOICE to make. It’s not about resolutions or “trying harder” or overcompensating by living an unrealistic lifestyle. It’s about CHOOSING between FACING REALITY or DENYING REALITY. It’s not about following a path that satisfies “WANTS;” it’s about following a path that satisfies NEEDS in order to ATTAIN WANTS.
It is NOT my place to lecture you on the path YOU should follow. It is my concern, however, that many of you have NEVER really taken the time to HONESTLY consider and reflect on the REAL HARM you cause yourself, your friends and your family by DENYING the REALITY of your LIFESTYLE.
WILL YOU CHOOSE TO FACE REALITY IN 2017 OR CONTINUE TO DENY IT UNTIL YOUR DIAGNOSIS FORCES YOU TO FACE IT?