It’s easy to tell people what they want to hear. I have never found conformity to be a challenge. And I’m sure both humans and salmon would agree that it is much easier to ‘go with the flow’ instead of trying to swim upstream in life. But today, while cruising around my house doing some organizing (my favorite pastime), I discovered the Unexpected Health…in walking.
Now at this point, you might be wondering how salmon spawning has anything to do with health and walking. Well to be honest, it doesn’t. But, just as these omega-3 packed fish must swim ‘against the flow’ every year, Unexpected Health is readily available when we stand for what we believe…when we walk our talk.
Physically walking is healthy, of course. There is no need to review the many health benefits of moving our little legs about. But walking our talk is also an extremely healthFUL practice because when we stand up for what we believe, we are embodying the words that we speak by creating cohesion with our actions.
Anyone can speak a bunch of gibberish. Telling others what they want to hear while acting another way is easy. But when we choose to match our words with our actions–when we walk our talk–that takes courage…and being courageous in life is healthy.
I try my best to live how I believe; to create words in form. If what I say does not match how I act, then I am a fraud. Those who inspire others, who make an imprint in our lives, are not those who say one thing and do another. It’s not that we are ever going to be perfect all the time or that our words and actions will always match up. We are human and part of our humanness is making mistakes; acting with less integrity than we know we possess. But, we create health for ourselves and for others by standing by our beliefs; by refusing to allow unjust behavior to prevail. So the next time you are faced with an idea, a school of thought, or even an action that you do not agree with, put on your shoes of integrity and WALK! Do not be afraid of rocking the boat…in life, there is often no change without a few waves. -Until tomorrow, Jaime
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