Why be healthy?
What’s the point of all this?
The eating well, the working out, the yoga, the meditation?
Why learn how to practice Reiki?
Why bother learning about crystals and chakras and vibrational healing?
Why bother incorporating aromatherapy and herbal concoctions into our wellness toolkit?
Why the self-help books, the coaching, the workshops, the e-courses…?
Do you remember why?
Do you remember YOUR why?
If you think you don’t have one, or if you’ve forgotten yours, or if your previous “why” no longer resonates, I invite you to consider one of my whys:
To be a lightworker.
To shine the light, so that others can do the same.
My mission has always been to empower women to live their happiest and healthiest lives, so that they can create a lifestyle of abundance while fulfilling their purpose, whatever it may be.
And truly, the best way for me to do that is to set an example.
You have absolutely no idea who you are inspiring right now.
Let me tell you a story, but first, a little background.
I was a vegetarian for about 2 solid years, and started incorporating meat into my diet during my second pregnancy, and now eat what I like to think is a balanced diet, but still leaning towards the vegetarian side more often than not.
Before I was a vegetarian, I had a long history of jumping on and off the vegetarian bandwagon. I think I tried vegetarianism for the first time in high school, and I remember throwing every single meat substitute into the cart when my Mom took us grocery shopping. That experiment failed horribly.
On and off the veggie train I went over the years, and despite the PETA videos, the books, the recipes, the celebrity endorsements, I just couldn’t stick with it.
One day, my friend and I went out for lunch at Subway. I don’t remember what I ordered, but I remember that she ordered a Veggie Sub. She didn’t say anything regarding her choice, and I didn’t ask her about it; I just thought, “Hmm, as if that actually tastes good?!”
The next time I saw her, she had me over for lunch. We decided to cook burritos or tacos or something like that. I asked her where her ground beef was, and she said, “Sorry! I don’t have any meat… But I have this if you want to try it!”. It was the Yves ground meat substitute (I’m a huge fan by the way, Yves is a godsend for veggies), and we cooked it, and I liked it.
I also noticed that she had the book, The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone, on her shelf. Again, I didn’t ask her ANYTHING about why the hell she didn’t have any meat in her house, and is it because she’s reading The Kind Diet, etc. Nor did she volunteer any information. We just ate, and that was it.
I have to say, that double whammy experience was just so powerful for me. She didn’t say anything, but what she demonstrated was: 1) Yes, you can order veggie subs, 2) No meat in the house: but did you die?, and 3) Cooking vegetarian food is easy and super freaking delicious.
Soon after, I read The Kind Diet myself, and while I have a few issues with the book, I have to say that reading it was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I stopped eating meat almost cold turkey, and the next time I saw my friend I was a full-fledged vegetarian.
Wanna know something funny? By that time we met again, she was NOT a vegetarian anymore, and at that point had Paleo books in her kitchen.
Haha, joke’s on me, but it’s all good – I had an awesome run as a vegetarian, and who knows? I may go back. #promisespromises
The point is, she simply was who she was, did what she did, made no apologies, and went on with her day. And it was more than enough to not only get the wheels turning in my head, it completely caused me to FLIP MY ENTIRE LIFESTYLE.
Here’s another one for you ponder:
How many times have you attended a Yoga (or fitness, or whatever) class that totally CHANGED YOUR LIFE, but never attended again due to scheduling, etc.? And maybe you didn’t even get to tell the teacher that they had such a profound impact on you?
I bet you that same teacher goes through periods of doubt, thinking, “Am I making a difference at all…?”
You bet they are.
And you can bet that you are as well.
One more story:
When I was 13, I decided to take up jogging and I wanted to do it first thing in the morning before school (we lived in Hong Kong at the time, very upscale, SAFE neighbourhood). When I got up, I found my Dad had just come back from his morning jog.
First of all, I had absolutely no idea that my Dad jogged at all. I was totally shocked. Apparently he had been jogging every morning at 5 AM for… ever! And he never said anything!
You know, if he had bugged me and bothered me about making sure I always exercised and maybe I should try this and that… I might’ve just poo-pooed his advice and filed it away with all of the other irrelevant fuddy-duddy advice I receive from my elders, as teenagers are wont to do.
But because he simply did his thing, exercised regularly, every morning, without fail… And didn’t make a big thing of it… I was beyond inspired. I will remember that day forever, because it SEARED INTO MY MIND the importance of daily exercise.
Do you have kids? You’re leading them and setting an example.
Do you have a spouse? You’re totally setting an example to them, not just of how life can be lived, but of how you want to be treated, because if you treat yourself well, others will do the same.
Do you have siblings? Parents? Friends?
Do you have clients? Patients?
You get my drift.
You are leading by example, right now.
And that is why being healthy, being happy, and living a wellness lifestyle is worth every single ounce of effort that it takes.
Can you imagine what it would be like to live your best life? Can you imagine how that would feel?
You want that for yourself and for those you love and for everyone around you. I know you do!
So, lead on, fearless warrior!
Be your best.
Shine your light.