If we knew who the healthiest person in the world was, would we do everything they do?
We measure our health in the physical, mental and spiritual realms. If one person had all of those at the optimum levels, would we change our lives to mirror their choices?
We all have different definitions of pleasure and fulfillment. (And those are not the same — though they may overlap at times.) Our choice of pleasure or fulfillment may interfere with our optimal health.
Let me give some examples.
A selfless person finds fulfillment in serving others. They serve others to the point of physical and mental exhaustion and may die an early death. But they wouldn’t have it any other way. They die fulfilled.
Many of us enjoy a fine meal with several courses. But we know that when we’re finished, we have eaten more than our bodies needed and end up in an almost comatose state. Or we choose to ride a motorcycle, knowing ahead of time that it’s a dangerous choice but brings a great deal of pleasure.
It’s almost as if life is a video game. We know that if we make certain choices they will reduce our “life points,” but we’ll enjoy our journey more.
It’s OK to not be the healthiest person in the world. But remember that your choices effect those who love you too.