Take Care of What You Value

Life is never dull when you start having children. I’ve learned that over the time that I’ve had mine in greater degree than when I simply interacted with those that belonged to other parents. One thing you begin to realize about children is that they need to be taught to value things and that things have value. Whether it is their toys, their clothes, or even their own selves. So often, we as adults need to be reminded of this as well. We get busy doing our daily routines and get so used to the fast pace of life that some things tend to slide back in degree of importance. The thing is, when we forget those things that have value, we begin to recognize their value when they cease to operate or do not function at the time we truly need it the most.

Over my life, living with Sickle Cell has brought this to my attention more than any other thing that I can think of. When I become sick or worn down I have to take a step back to see what was that thing that I started letting slip which led up to my current state of health. Did I forget to eat properly, maintain rest, ignore doctor’s suggestions for optimizing and maintaining things that are in my control? Asking those questions become the thing that allows me to then begin to make the necessary adjustments.

Someone once told me that you can tell a great deal about a person by where they place their money, and this is a true statement in most respects. If you look at an athlete, most of their money goes to training their bodies and getting them into the physical form that allows them to perform at peak levels. Their money goes to gym memberships, and nutritional supplements, home fitness equipment for when they don’t have time to go to the gym.  Artist spend most of their money on the tools needed for them to create the art that they work on, whether it is paints, canvases, craft supplies or whatever it is that allows them to be good at what inspires them.

It is also true that where people spend their time reveals a great deal about what a person values. If you are a person with a big heart, you may spend a considerable amount of time volunteering or giving to charity. If you value your home or car, most of your time gets spent making it look better, or optimizing it for greater functionality. If you value your children you put your time and energy into them.

At the core of it all, you have to decide when it comes to living well, how will you go about demonstrating that you value the things you value? If you say that you value your health, will you think enough to schedule that doctor’s appointment before something goes wrong, or wait until you’re sick and try to play catch up. There’s another old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is a definite truth. The cost ratio of preventative health care is far less than the costs associated with the cost of taking care of yourself after the fact. A report by Donya Currie says that preventive health care saves annually 2 million lives and $4 billion in costs.

If you love you and those that you care for, value yourself enough to care for your health, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. This includes reading things that will inform, encourage, inspire, and even equip you with the tools to do those things to take care of you and those you love. I encourage you to take care of you because there is only one of you. God placed you here to add value to the world. Give yourself permission to present the world with the best you poyou. God placed you here to add value to the world possible.

 

QUESTION: How do you show others that you value you and other things of value?

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