In last week's blog, I talked about various ways that we just can't seem to get out of the daily grind, creating a sense of anxiety and longing for something more. I wanted to examine each of those ideas I offered in turn, talking first about making space. What do I mean by making space? In answering that question I find it helpful to think about, as individuals, how we often don't think about health like we should.
There is a general apathy, or disinterest, in the daily thoughts toward being healthy. And we must also recognize what a great and wonderful idea this is that we have to consider daily health, because that means we do not have to work for our own food - as in we don't have to grow it ourselves, or work the land ourselves. We can go to the store and get what we need. What a blessing!
But I also think that this enables our apathy, and really the reality of the sin of gluttony that it is. So when I talk about making space, I mean that we need to make space in our calendars, minds, houses, places of work, etc. In other words, we need to literally make some space so we can focus on healthy, and we need to make a time slot in our day to actually do healthy things. And don't scoff or say 'yea right.' Quite simply, you need to not make excuses and do it. Not doing it is your fault, no one else's.
Have to Literally Make Space
Chances are you have a room or space that is full of junk. No matter how small your apartment, trailer, or house you have junk piled up somewhere. Get rid of it. Think of how long it has been there, try to even think about what you have - and I bet you can't remember. Time to dump it. If there is a pile of junk that you haven't gone through in a month or more that means that you haven't needed it. And I really don't care "that I might need it someday," get rid of your junk.
This is the first step in your overall health. I do think that when we store up crap and don't live simply it is an outward sign of what is happening internally. The more we hold on to outside, means that we are holding on to some fear that is causing us to be 'stuck.' Start cleaning out your crap and start cleaning up your life. Sell, give away, and throw away your literal junk. Confess, talk about, and let go of your fears and failures to someone you trust and look up to or value.
Making Space in Your Brain
Chances are you are unhappy about yourself in certain ways. Well I can almost guarantee you that when you start making literal space in your living space, you will begin to feel better about yourself. It's like making your bed every day in the morning - you have accomplished a task and done something. The harder part is the mental game, and that is what health really is - it is a mindset, and a mental battle.
Likely, it has been years since you may have thought positively about how you live, look, and act. That is unhealthy in a variety of ways. So now you need to start thinking that you are getting healthy. You can think that you are not, because you probably are! But the change is that you are now "getting healthy." You are on a journey, a great journey, and you are joining many others on similar journey toward wellness. You are no longer in a state of apathy - a state of feeling stuck and standing still. Think to yourself, "I am on a path of health and wellness."
Some of you might think that is stupid - I think it's stupid to sit around all day feeling sorry for yourself for no good reason other than your warped perspective of yourself. Get your head right.
Making Space to Do
If you have done the other two previous steps (or when you do them) you now need to make your "feet follow your mouth" so-to-speak. If you have created literal space, time to do bodyweight squats, push ups, and various ab work. Start with 5 each every day for a week. Then do 10 everyday until it is easy, then 15, and so on and so forth. This will begin to make you feel better about yourself for several reason, but short story is that your brain will literally begin to change - for the better.
Let's think about this all for a second. I bet that you work, eat, watch tv or play video games, sleep and repeat. Every once and awhile you go out and do something, but then have had enough of "people" and go in and hide. Yet all the while you feel stuck, out of shape, and wondering if there is "more." And this process has gone on for years. So your space, your thoughts, and your perceptions are all based on what you are interacting with - and if you are only interacting with work and media - of course you are going to not be well in many ways!
Start making space to change your circumstance, perception, and self-image. It can be done, because you have spend years doing the opposite. Time to change the game, for the better.
Some "weekly" musings from Pastor Dave as he sits on his porch and drinks coffee, thinking about theology and lifting heavy weights. For gymsharks, there is something called "Flex Fridays," where we vainly put up photos of ourselves flexing. So this blog is my attempt to flex my theological muscles through reflection ... get it?