“If you grow a healthy tree, you’ll pick healthy fruit. If you grow a diseased tree, you’ll pick worm-eaten fruit. The fruit tells you about the tree.”-The Message
I know I’m taking this scripture out of context a bit but it is absolutely true. If you want healthy fruit, you’ll grow a healthy tree. So it goes to reason that if you want a healthy person, you’ll do healthy things to be that person.
So far we’ve been doing things that make a difference. Either in our own lives or in the lives of others. But if we aren’t healthy, we can’t help others.
Thus in order to “put on our own oxygen mask first,” we need to take an interest in our own health. What do you do to stay healthy? Go for walks or eat fresh fruit and veggies? How about get more sleep?
Ah sleep, the forgotten virtue! Sleep is essential but I never really understood the complexity of that statement until reading Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep
by David K. Randall
In his book, Randall gives an easy to understand, scientific explanation of all aspects of sleep (or at least as much of an explanation as we have discovered so far). Once you read it you’ll understand how restorative sleep can be.
And what about what you put into your body? That can be confusing as well. There are so many differing opinions and options. But one thing is a safe bet: if you can grow it, you can eat it. I know there are a few exceptions here but in general, stay away from bags and boxes. Go back to the garden. Eat the things God talks about in Genesis in as pure of a form as you can get them.
So eat right. Get moving. Then rest. Then tomorrow you can be a healthy tree and bear healthy fruit.
Until Everyone Hears,