We are all prone to making resolutions of some kind. Whether we consciously or subconsciously react to the need for bettering ourselves, the constant reminders of sticking to a better diet or a need to exercise fills the airwaves and takes up countless pages in newspapers.
The annual evolutionary process of how well each person does when addressing these motives for improvement is quite fascinating.
While everyone can gain a better overall experience regarding advantages to our health and well being when pursuing better life practices, there’s also the possibility of these positive motives becoming negative elements.
When witnessing the annual commitment made every year by friends and relatives, I am often reminded of more people being exhausted and disappointed come February.
A study should be done as to how many people become frustrated with the demands they have placed on themselves through the month of January.
The discipline required for sustaining good health is not always about a good diet and daily exercise. It’s been my experience that another important aspect to sustainable good health is attitude.
By February, the average person becomes affected by expectations. Promises made from infomercials guaranteeing weight loss in a projected time period mixed with every person’s want to succeed causes a sense of failure.
This is not a realistic failure related to lifelong accomplishments or achievements. However, our innate want to feel and look better cannot be measured without our wanting to see good results.
I don’t believe anyone has a better handle on remaining healthy. It is my feeling that each person is responsible for their own well being. The only proven practice I can believe in is maintaining a healthy attitude.
Still, here too, the overall experience of trying to stay positive can be exhausting. We are surrounded by negativity today.
We can wake up feeling fully refreshed and ready to take on the world, only to turn on the radio, television or check our social media sites and become overwhelmed by what we find.
In a song from years ago, “Spanish Pipe Dream,” songwriter John Prine suggests “Blow up your TV, throw away your paper/Go to the country, build you a home/Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches/Try an' find Jesus on your own.”
The suggestions may seem rather outdated or perhaps too New Agey for many of us today, but the sentiment is valid and timeless.
It does mean to literally blow up your television. The suggestion is merely good advice to turn it off when what’s happening is too upsetting. The remainder of the lyrics can help everyone when dealing with our daily stress.
As 2020 gets into high gear, which translates into our daily routines, perhaps we can benefit from not placing pressure on ourselves and one another. Everything is not always about what we believe we can control and how we want things to be.
The Rolling Stones taught us years ago that “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes you get what you need.”
Craig Schwab is an author and resident of Glendale.