Did you ever notice that in life sometimes ‘stuff’ just happens?
I mean, yes we can plan, prepare, and purpose in our hearts to do our absolute best and be ready for whatever comes our way, but truth be told, in most areas of life we just don’t have any control.
For instance, take a person who eats right, exercises daily, stays active, treats people well, loves their family, and carefully schedules their day. While statistically they are going to live longer, happier, and healthier lives, is that really guaranteed?
On the flip side, take someone who eats like a pig, never does more exercise than lift a phone to their ear to order pizza, is constantly lethargic, treats people badly, ignores their family, and has no order to their day. While statistically they will live short, unhappy, and sickly lives, is that for certain?
Like you, I’ve know ‘good’ people who have died young and ‘bad’ people who are still living. I know ‘health nuts’ who are sick, and ‘sick’ people who are healthy nuts. And while I can’t tell you for sure why that is, here’s what I can tell you:
- God is ALWAYS Good.
- He loves You UNCONDITIONALLY.
- There are NO accidents.
- ALL pain has a purpose.
- We are all to live honest and balanced lives before God and man.
A great quote passed down through the ages and reworded to fit our day and age is:
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God’s gift, that’s why we call it the present.” – Joan Rivers
That is a great quote and reminder for us to print out, hang on our wall, and look at each morning isn’t it? And ironically, let’s take a quicker look at what just happened to Joan.
Here’s an excerpt of a note I received from a nationally renowned vocal physician friend of mine who recently commented on Joan’s unfortunate situation to me:
From a voice physician standpoint, allow me to clear up misunderstandings of recent events that occurred regarding celebrity comedian Joan Rivers. First point of clarification is that she was undergoing routine esophagoscope by a gastroenterologist and was NOT undergoing vocal cord surgery under sedation. That being said, on a daily basis upper endoscopy by gastroenterologists is performed safely in outpatient settings on a daily basis with a high margin of safety. Vocal procedures as well are performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia with a high margin of safety. Rarely you can have unexpected complications with ANY procedure performed in medicine, regardless of the type of procedure and regardless of the setting. A rare complication unfortunately happened to one of our most beloved comedians……and our prayers go out to her and to her family. – Michael V. Riesberg, M.D.
So what does that all mean to us?
It means that none of us are guaranteed another breath. None of us can truly plan on tomorrow because it just may not be there. For Joan, a rare complication of ‘Life’ just happened, and she was in the ICU. While our prayers and hearts were truly with her, there is nothing else that any of us can do for her now but pray and comfort her family. However, in our own lives we can all learn from this tragedy and start practicing good habits to help us statistically live longer, healthier, and happier balanced lives.
So where do we start?
To start, we all need to stop. Take a moment after reading this article and look at your life. Identify areas that can be improved upon, and take action in those areas immediately to improve them. If you’re not sure what to do, ask your spouse, kids, trusted friend, pastor, counselor, or life coach. If you’re not sure how, give us a call.
And remember, don’t go from 0 to 100 over night. Don’t go from huffing and puffing when you walk up a flight of stairs to signing up for a marathon. Do everything in moderation with the end in mind. Set clear, written goals, work out the plans to achieve those goals, use the common sense God gave you and moderation on your way. Soon you will be in a better place than you ever have been before and ready for whatever ‘Life’ throws your way!
You see, just like Joan Rivers said, we all need to be thankful and responsible with the gift of ‘Today’, but we also have to remember not to obsess over it. Don’t suddenly try to control every aspect of life and expect it to go well. For if we do, we’ll probably be more likely to quit and/or miss the enjoyment and blessings of ‘Today’ and live tireless and unfulfilled lives.
In closing, my encouragement to you is, start today and pick 1 thing or area that you need to work on in each of the 7 major areas of life and set your focus there. Remembering, something is better than nothing, and even if you take a small step, it’s better than no step at all. By establishing good ‘habits’ you will be as prepared as any one can be for whatever ‘Life’ brings. You will live a life of confidence and energy, and not stress.
So get out there, have some fun, and enjoy this wonderful gift of ‘Life’; the ‘Present’ of today!
Helping You Ascend,
Scripture to Consider:
- Proverbs 20:23
- James 4:14
- 1 Corinthians 14:40
- 1 Corinthians 6:19
- John 3:16
- Romans 10:13
Fun & Encouraging Fact:
- While I personally haven’t counted, it has been said that the phrase “Fear Not” is used in the bible 365 times. Sound familiar? Maybe one piece of encouragement for us all each day? 🙂
Quote(s) to Ponder:
- “My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed.” – Stonewall Jackson
- “Tomorrow is a reflection of Today.” – Dr. Andrew Kondrat’yev
- Michael V. Riesberg, M.D., Center of Vocal Excellence (COVE)
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