Jim Rohn was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker who was attributed with the quote ‘take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live’. I find this an interesting quote and wonder how many of us think of our bodies in this way.
My thoughts wander to thinking about the time and attention we give to selecting our ideal dwelling, considering things like size, location and affordability. And then when we have secured our new dwelling our attention turns to making the dwelling into a home. We may change the internal decoration, replace the kitchen or bathroom, buy new carpets, hang pictures on the wall, and do a whole host of other things that we think will ultimately make the dwelling our home; a place in which to feel content, secure and happy.
I then ask myself the question do we pay the same amount of time, attention and money on our body to make us feel content, secure and happy? We certainly wouldn’t consciously fill our homes with things knowing that they could cause us harm, yet many of us don’t afford our bodies the same privilege. We are happy to smoke, drink alcohol, take drugs, and consume foods, which we are fully aware could have an adverse affect on our body and potentially cause us life threatening illness or even death.
So why do we treat our body is this way? Are we searching for something we just can’t find? Going back to our new house, when we have our home just the way we want it, do we stop there? Or do we extend our search for contentment, security and happiness to the cars we drive, the holidays we go on, the clothes and jewellery we buy, the things we do to fill our leisure time?
Do all of these things we do to ourselves externally make us feel better? They may do in the short term, but these things are probably not sustainable. So I ask myself the question “does filling our life with external ‘stuff’ make us content, secure or happy? Should we start looking for happiness a bit closer to home?” Maybe we should invest our time, attention and money on our body, giving it a deep clean to search within our self to find contentment, security and happiness internally. External ‘stuff’ comes and goes, internal feelings last forever.
If you start to look internally for your contentment, security and happiness maybe you can ‘take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live’.
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