While most people would agree that good health is important, the level of time and attention that we devote to cultivating our well-being varies widely. Perhaps this is because our definitions of "good health" can be quite different. For some of us, good health means operating at the peak of our physical conditioning. For others, it is about being able to fulfill our daily responsibilities without difficulty. I have found that, despite their variety, personal definitions of health often revolve around having the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual freedom to participate in our lives in ways that affirm our core values.
People may choose to increase their investment in their well-being for any number of reasons. They may be inspired to tackle a challenge that requires more fitness or stamina. Perhaps they have a vague sense that their level of health is slipping, or maybe life has delivered some kind of "wake-up call". They could have received unwelcome news at a health appointment. They might have accompanied a friend or family member through a difficult health challenge.
This summer, I had a wonderful opportunity to travel with my family in the western United States. We were in the car for many days, and were fortunate that several of us were able to split up the driving and navigation responsibilities.
We had a mishap one day, though, when I was handling navigation duty. Unfortunately, there was a miscommunication right from the start. My husband handed me his phone with a map already pulled up that I thought would take us to Mount Rushmore. I used the map to carefully guide him turn-by-turn through a very scenic drive. When we reached the end of the instructions, we were facing an empty field somewhere in South Dakota. It was definitely not where we intended to be!
As we draw closer to the end of the year, many folks start to think about their hopes and plans for the New Year. The New Year brings an opportunity to recommit to those things that are important to you, or to start something new entirely. For some of us, we may frame these commitments as New Year's Resolutions.