Last Sunday, I was driving home from my cottage and was pulled over by the police, lights flashing and all and was given a speeding ticket. I was going only a wee bit faster than the speed limit and did my best to squeeze out a tear or ten to get out of the ticket but no luck. The pain in my wallet wasn't enough of a warning for me to slow down. What I needed was a massive smack in the face by the universe. So what did I get? A circumcised finger.
My left index finger is now residing in the Latex-Finger-Condom-of-Shame and every time I look at it, I hear it scream at me "MEGGERS! SLOW DOOOOOOWWN! (It draws out at the end as if it is barreling down a steep incline). Message received and it still hurts.
Why? Why do we insist on letting pain, excruciating circumcised finger pain, chronic scary disease pain, or in the case of my assistant Cara, broken baby toe pain, be the only thing we will listen to that can make us stop and take stock of where we are at? As far as messengers go, pain gives us no choice but to listen.
After a delightfully delicious weekend at the Vegetarian Food Fare where I was singing the praises of my classes, retreats and tutorials and insisting my finger was not the result of a cooking debacle, I noticed a very clear trend in the peeps who asked me advice about health. They all had something paining them. They may have had an unhealthy friend, or parent, or colon or uterus. Some sort of pain had hit their perfectly functioning world that initiated an interest in getting to a greater level of health awareness.
Why is it that even when we know better, we need a disease diagnosis, an injury, or world shattering misfortunes to make the changes? Why do we need pain to be our messenger?
Let's say you take your self on a trip to the doc for some tests because something has been concerning you. While you are back at home, waiting for the results you think- if these tests are positive then I am going to start meditating, juicing, relaxing, eating better, living better, loving better and making the most of my life.
And what if they are negative? Does that mean you can go back to living in a way that built the disease until the next scare comes along? My nutritionistas and nutritionistos, sadly, the body does not work that way. So how about, if all together now, with or without crisis, with or without a circumcised finger, we take on a health challenge that swings open the door for awesome healthy living?
Study, after study, and specialist after specialist has said there is really no healthier way to eat than to stick to the plants. To eat plant based foods that give the body energy rather than suck energy. Nutrient packed plant based diets heal.Why wait for pain to deliver the message we all inherently know to be true? Let my finger pain be your messenger. I am telling you- it hurt enough for all of us.
Now, if you insist on letting pain be your messenger, the very least you can do is listen to it.
And since you want to know, I cut the tip off my finger while prepping signs for my booth at the fair. One afternoon in emergency with 2 stroke victims, 3 drug addicts in off the street, a fainter, a bleeder and a man retching into a bowl was all I needed to know that 1) I never want to be in a hospital again and 2) I will do everything I can to make that my reality.
Question Of The Day: What are the things you want to start doing that you know will improve your health but have yet to become habit?