A woman hits a golf ball your direction, up the hill towards the green on #9. She jogs up the fairway to get a better look at the shot, jumping with excitement and throwing a fist in the air when the …
A woman hits a golf ball your direction, up the hill towards the green on #9. She jogs up the fairway to get a better look at the shot, jumping with excitement and throwing a fist in the air when the ball lands within 6 feet of the cup. As she approaches, you notice her grey hair and her smile reveals lines of experience in her skin.
In the clubhouse you get the nerve to talk with her. “That was a great shot on #9, way to go! I hope you don’t mind me asking, but how many years have you been playing?” you ask.
“Thank you very much. This is my 39th year playing. It’s easy to remember because I started on my 40th birthday,” she replies.
“That’s incredible,” you exclaim, “You’re so lucky to be able to golf like you do at 79 years old!”
“Oh, my dear,” the woman smiles, “Luck has nearly nothing to do with it. I made the decision when I was 30 that I was going to do everything I could to remain vibrant and healthy so I could enjoy every minute with my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.”
“Way back then, I chose to live in a way that has intentionally created what you see today. My granddaughter turns 20 next week, and I’m thrilled to say that I’m taking her hiking on the Superior Trail for the week,” she beamed.
After a pause and a breath, you conclude, “Consider me inspired. I’ve never looked at it that way. If there was one thing you could recommend to get me moving in that direction, what would it be?”
“The best thing I can recommend is that you take the first step. It is always the hardest,” she said. “After all, you can’t be accidentally healthy in today’s world,” she added.
What first step do you need to take? Who do you need to consult with to get the most out of your efforts? When is the right time to get going?
And the biggest question: Why do you desire to be healthy? Once you have a reason why that gives you goosebumps when you think about it, you know you’re ready to take action.
Remember, you can’t be accidentally healthy in today’s world, so please don’t leave your health to luck.
Dr. Chris Grier is a Wellness Chiropractor in Kalona who loves to enjoy nature with his family, coach baseball, and continue learning how to help human beings thrive.
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