Lifestyles vary throughout the world, few healthful, most are unhealthful. For some, life is too busy, and accepting change is too difficult. Most would conclude that reducing one’s lifestyle is unacceptable. On the contrary, one does not have to reduce one’s lifestyle one iota to be healthful and productive.
As we grow older, our view of a fast pace lifestyle makes us think that we’re out of the loop, and that we are not hip to the ever changing pop culture. This kind of thinking fester ill-will things such as resentment, anti-social behavior, hatred, etc, and this produces an unhealthy environment for both body and consciousness.
It is one thing to acquire tastes, attitudes, habits, moral standards, etc, that our parents/guardians have taught us, yet another to subject ourselves to a more heinous subtle suggestion that somehow in later life we are failures in a society that demands so much of us.
Our lifestyle changes over time mainly through how we perceive and evaluate things that makes the world go around. So what is it exactly that makes us perceive and evaluate things differently? It’s how we think! We are what we think. We do what we think. We feel what we think. We smell what we think. In short, it’s our five senses that dictate what life is all about.
So how do any of our five senses dictate our attitude, habits, moral standards, etc? When conceived, our five senses are already aware of many things. When we grow, we learn many other things, and all are enhanced through the continued use of our five senses. By the time we reach a certain age, we are what we think, and this is a result of what we’ve been taught. If our parents, or guardian, have not done their job, then we are not going to do our job in the next generation, and the beat goes on.
It is never too late to change for the better, and that’s a fact. When we can sit ourselves down and ponder our lifelong experiences; what we’ve done, what we’ve become, how it affected other lives, what we have learned from our mistakes, etc, more importantly, if we have the ability to reason, to logically understand the difference between good and bad then we can conclude what it is we must do to turn our life around. It’s not that difficult. If there is any difficulty in understanding the ability to reason, to understand logic, then the problem lies in wanting the want. If we want something bad enough then we can achieve it. One must want the want if one is to overcome the inequalities of life.
If we are unhealthy it’s because of how we view ourselves and life itself. It all begins with how we think. We are what we think, pure and simple. If we think we have a disease that can do us harm, then so be it! If we think the opposite, then we shall have the results we want. So, what is the opposite? The opposite is the positive, which is constructive thinking, the negative is destructive thinking. So what is constructive thinking? What does it involve? Constructive involvement is anything that has to do with good such as helping people, being charitable, never criticizing, always saying good things about people, our friends, siblings, etc.
One does not have to reduce one’s lifestyle to achieve the results one wants. Indeed, we lose nothing but gain a completely different perspective on life, and all we have to do is change our way of thinking.
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