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The Path to Wellness

on June 28, 2022

Wellness, from a holistic point of view, means wholeness.  We achieve wholeness when all the parts of our lives come into balance.  But how do we do this?

First, we make a choice.  Making the choice may or may not be easy.  We may genuinely enjoy smoking.  We may really like going out for Sunday dinner at the local steak house.  We may really believe that one more cup of coffee won’t hurt us.  But what is the end result that we want to achieve?

Do we want to breathe easy in our old age or be hooked up to an oxygen tank?  Do we want to maintain healthy arteries through our diet or to undergo surgical procedures to clean them out?  How many medications do we want to take — and who’s going to pay for them?  Do we really like the feeling of jitteriness that coffee brings? And oh, the heartburn!

Once we make the choice, it is all a matter of sticking with it.  Making a commitment to ourselves and our well-being goes a long way to achieving wellness.  After all, nobody else can do it for us.  The family doctor can prescribe drugs and suggest lifestyle changes, but he cannot do the exercise for us.  Neither is he going to give up his steak and ice cream for us.  He will, however, be more than happy to take care of us when we end up in the hospital.  Is that the outcome we want to achieve?

Frankly, it’s hard.  It’s hard to give up the things we love and which give us a sense of comfort when we are under stress or bored.  It’s hard to give up those little pleasures which make life worth living.  After all, isn’t that what life is all about? 

And who really wants to go out and jog five miles a day?  Who has the time?  And does it really matter whether we live to be 76 or 78?

Wellness means wholeness.  Wholeness means integration and quality of life.  It is not so much the number of years that we are trying to reach but the quality of life that we are trying to achieve.  A person may live to be 100, but if they are dragging around an oxygen tank, live in a nursing home, and have no family or friends, is that wellness?  Is that wholeness?  Is that the quality of life that we are striving to achieve?

Think about it.  Examine your life now and your possible life in the future.  What do you see?  Do you like what you see?  If not, then make a commitment to yourself to achieve a greater level of wellness in your life.
Dawn Pisturino, RN
November 2, 2006; June 28, 2022
Published in The Kingman Daily Miner, February 27, 2007

Copyright 2006-2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


16 responses to “The Path to Wellness

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  2. utahan15 says:

    i walk four times a week crack of dawn . am an old paperboy so it s ez. running never. got my oreos to maintain the high!

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    • Good for you! The last time I walked 3 miles in the heat, I didn’t drink enough water, and my blood sugar dropped. I got very dizzy, and my husband had to come rescue me. That was a good reminder to me to slow down and think! Sometimes, we can overdo things.

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      • utahan15 says:

        you bet. i try not to go too far. i drink a little water before i go and then after. but i have had times where i had to lie flat and wait for the dizzy fit to pass, double vision and all kinds of fun!

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  3. You’re absolutely right about choices Dawn. Moderation and perseverance is the key to wholeness. Our vessel is all we got and it is imperative to take care of it the best way we can. Choices. Great post. 🤗🦋😁🌺🤩

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  4. Adelheid says:

    Those little pleasures are sure hard to give up. I’m guilty one here!

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  5. Myheartscry says:

    Just quit coffee for the zillionth time. It’s over a week so I’m over the worst of it. My tummy is thanking me already. Thx for the read. You are a wise person.

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    • Thank you! Yes, caffeine is super addictive, and I had to quit because it was really messing up my stomach. Sometimes, I would throw up for eight hours straight, if I ate the wrong thing. I stopped drinking tea and coffee and switched to diet Pepsi, and then quit altogether. Sometimes, I backslide with root beer or some other soda with caffeine. It’s really hard!

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  6. alisendopf says:

    I agree Dawn. Once you DECIDE to make a change, decide to choose a different future, anything is possible. I’m careful what I decide to do, because I like to follow through.

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