The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.
~ Mark Twain
Mark Twain (1835 – 1910) was the pen name of Samuel Clemens. He was an American writer, publisher, entrepreneur and lecturer. His two most famous novels were Tom Sawyer (1876) and Huckleberry Finn (1885). I love Twain’s quotes because his sharp wit is arresting. I’m sure his commentary on the current presidential campaign in the USA between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton would be entertaining, to say the least.
When I first saw this quote, it caused me to pause because not long ago I said a very similar thing to my family physician. The doctor offered to send me to a dietician to get a diet to lose weight. My response, “Not necessary, doctor, I won’t eat anything that tastes remotely good.” He looked at me quizzically for a moment, so I clarified. “You see, doctor, everything I love to eat causes weight gain, so it follows that whatever I don’t like must be good for me!” He thought that was funny. Sadly, I was serious.
I have battled weight gain since I was in my mid-twenties. I’ve been on every diet imaginable, tried rigorous exercise routines, only to gain the weight back. Funny, I remember as a teenager being depressed about how skinny I was. One day in church, I said a private prayer, “Please dear Lord, put some meat on these bones!” Wow! Can I ever pray well! Perhaps it’s time to reverse the prayer!
As a result, Mark Twain’s words struck a chord within me. It struck an entire symphony! It’s not my fault that my metabolism is sluggish. But it is my fault that I have spent most of my life eating the wrong foods and, even worse, living a sedentary lifestyle. I hate most exercise, yet I also find ways to avoid forms of exercise that I almost enjoy.
Of what benefit is it to work hard on my writing if I’m living in a way that will undoubtedly shave years off my life expectancy? Insane, right? I believe it is just that.
Knowing what needs to be done, I should be motivated to begin right away. I can no longer afford to procrastinate. I believe I’m facing the greatest challenge of my life. To accomplish my goal would eliminate most, if not all, of my diabetic medications, make me feel well physically, energize me, and add years to my life.
I have a strong work ethic, but until now I find the willpower lacking to put myself on the road to success. My faith tells me that this is the precise moment in my life to put myself in the hands of the Lord. To proceed with the necessary steps every single day in the belief that when I falter (and I will), He will pick me up and carry me until I can regain my footing.
Dear Lord, I cannot do this without your help.