Prevention Is Better Than Cure

“Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back into the shell.” ~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher … 

I have seen scrambled eggs… and I am well aware of the fact that they cannot go back into the shell. Not only are the no longer a liquid, but they have expanded, and their shell is broken. They have changed so much physically that it is no longer feasible to reverse the effects. We, too, often take our bodies for granted, and Dorothy’s analogy here is perhaps one of the best I have seen to date.

Many individuals mistake the ability of those in the medical profession. They feel that they even if they treat their bodies as if they were replaceable or repairable commodities, doctors and nurses will be able to bring them back to good health. But doctors and nurses cannot always do that… only we can. However, although we, ourselves, have the ability to reverse some of the negative effects on our health–weight loss, healthier eating, sufficient sleep habits, proper tending to and care of our emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and physical well-being, removal of bad or unhealthy habits, and things of the sort–there is a point where what we are doing to our bodies is much the same as scrambling an egg.

The point Dorothy is making here is that we should not scramble the egg in the first place. It is that it is always much easier to maintain something in a healthy state than it is to return it to a healthy state. We should make it a priority to take care of our bodies and maintain their integrity and health. We have an amazing gift available for us to use each day–to see, to feel, to move, to talk, to listen, to hug, to work, to play. And if we abuse it or take it for granted, it will deteriorate; its level of functionality will decline and diminish. I know these individuals… ones who tend to take their health for granted or not even think about it at all. To them, life is about doing what they want, when they want to do it–whether that be eating foods that are not at all healthy, committing acts that put them at great risk, or simply neglecting themselves and allow their bodies to fall into a state of disrepair. Then, when things get bad enough, they expect doctors and nurses to be able to perform miracles by instantly bringing them back to good health with a simple prescription or procedure.

Neglecting our bodies is often a sign that something else is going on in our hearts, minds, or souls–so be attentive and take care of all four quadrants of your being. After all, we cannot expect our spirits to sing if our bodies are feeling awful. And when it comes to your physical health, do not expect or rely on doctors and nurses to be able to reverse any damage that you may be doing to yourself. Take care of yourself; life is simply too short to waste it feeling awful. More importantly, your body is a great gift, given to you by a loving Creator; respect and appreciate this truth.

Ensure that you are providing the proper care for your body’s health and well-being: diet, sleep, and exercise.

Questions to consider:

In what ways do people tend to neglect or abuse their bodies? Why do they do these things?

Why do we tend to look at doctors and nurses as miracle workers who can do anything? Are they really at that level?

What kinds of things can you do today to maintain your health or start or continue the process of returning to a healthy state?

For further thought:

“Most illnesses do not, as is generally thought, come like a bolt out of the blue. The ground is prepared for years, through faulty diet, intemperance, overwork, and moral conflicts, slowly eroding the subject’s vitality. And when at last the illness suddenly shows itself, it would be a most superficial medicine which treated it without going back to its remote causes, to all that I call “personal problems.” ~ Paul Tournier


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