Something Wonderful Is Going to Happen...
In my twenties, I struggled with infertility for several painful years. I can remember starting to lose hope... But then lightening struck, not just twice, but three times, as my husband and I joyfully received triplets, then two more in rapid succession. Whoa, baby is right!
As ecstatic as I was to finally be a mom, having 'five under four' nearly took me down. My health deteriorated rapidly. Exhaustion and stress led me to make poor decisions. Subsisting on lattes and wine, I started to experience intense fatigue and weird bouts of numbness. It got even worse when my right eye wouldn't open upon waking at night. I clearly needed to start taking better care of myself, or something more serious was going to develop.
A dear friend (and angel in disguise) diplomatically suggested that I reconsider my 'diet'. Somehow, with all the chaos and excitement, I'd forgotten to hydrate and nourish myself! Sure enough, the elimination of processed and depleting foods was the best thing I ever did. Nutrient dense whole foods restored my health and stamina.
Fast forward 10 years, and I can't help but think how relatively easy all that chaos now seems. Last Fall, we uprooted from our beloved multi-generational home in the Northeast to pursue treatment for my husband’s throat cancer and daughter’s epilepsy. We have since moved 4 times in the past twelve months, with scooters, helmets, blankies and legos in tow. And once again, I find myself making a concerted effort to be well. To slow down. Drink a glass of water. Share a meal. Go for a walk or visit with a friend instead of reaching for the nearest vice.
This time around, I've realized that connecting with others is as important as the foods we put in our mouths. In fact, I read that most centenarians say community is the key to their longevity. When you consider that some people eat well, exercise like crazy, and still get sick, while others smoke, drink, and live to 93, it's clear that there's no magic bullet for living a life free of disease. But I can tell you firsthand that each healthy choice, regardless of your situation, equips you that much better to deal with life's challenges.
And that includes choosing to make it a great day! A choice that is infinitely easier to make if you're nourished in body, mind, and spirit. Work, play, eat, and explore with all of your heart. Then rest.
I once heard that the morning mantra, “Something wonderful is going to happen today!” can have an amazing effect on your life. So of course I had to give it a try. And guess what! It's true. I suppose it was true even before I learned to anticipate the wonderful. But there's power in noticing. And that's the mindfulness that guides us towards a healthier life.
May you be happy, healthy, and whole!