The other day I was asked to rate my health on an enrollment form. I immediately marked, “Healthy” and then paused. “Am I healthy?” Why would I immediately assume I am a healthy person?
When I share the type of medications I take just to get out of bed each morning and be a productive person in society, I might not be considered “healthy.” In fact, according to others, I might be considered “pitiful” as my friend Rick shares.
I decided my first instinct was probably right and went ahead with “Healthy.” However, it left me thinking, “Why do you automatically think you are healthy when you are living with an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis?”
After letting the idea brew a bit, I came to this conclusion: Health means a lot of things to me and when I look at the full picture of who I am, I am healthy.
- Medications have definitely stabilized my symptoms for now. I have days where I feel achy and swollen, but in general, I don’t have a lot of complaints.
- I am working out regularly and feel in control of my body. Plus, I am building back some flexibility and strength.
- Gratitude rules my life. I can’t go a day without listing out multiple things in my life that are wonderful.
- When I have rough days, I am not afraid to share them with others, have a cry, and figure out what needs to change.
- My soul feels at peace. It is always searching for ways to improve, but there is a sense of purpose that guides me through my days.
- Over the years I have been attracted to “friends” who didn’t have my best intentions at heart. It was a one-sided relationship. Meditation has helped me understand I want good things for myself and others but I need to surround myself with friends who want the same thing. Slowly but surely, I have found them!
- By learning to cut hurtful friends and family from my life, I have also learned to forgive them and wish good things for them. They were in my life for a reason and I appreciate that.
- I have always loved my job because it is one that helps others. I know this is who I am and I honor it.
- I am proud of myself for leaving teaching, which I love to a support position. I am learning so much!
There is more I could list here! The important thing that my heart and mind knew immediately is that health is not centered on just one part of who we are. It is a complete picture.
What about you? Do you feel “healthy”? Why?