School of Hard Knocks

Some of us have advanced degrees from this esteemed academic institution. Frank Sinatra was known for doing things “My Way,” but for most of us, this is only the “Hard Way” or the “Worst Way.”

The Better Way isn’t the easy path, it doesn’t promise quick results without making changes, and there is no magic pill or drink supplement to transform us into a different person. The people who sell us these items only change us into poorer or less wealthy persons, and we don’t get the results they promised. In ancient times they were called snake oil hucksters, since no one knew exactly what was in their potions.

Today is Sunday, the first day of the week. This makes it an auspicious day to begin anew the journey to the person you want to be: the whole person who is healthy in body, mind and spirit. At Cornie’s Kitchen, we believe in “Whole Food for Whole People.” Of course, we realize most of us are “going onto wholeness” just as my Methodist brothers and sisters have faith we’re “going onto perfection, by god’s grace.”

Throw out those fad diets, green tea pills, and super low calorie diets (anything under 1500 calories per day puts your body into starvation mode and resets your metabolism to gain weight). Take up an exercise program: walk. This is weight bearing and uses all your muscles. Go down the block or down the driveway if that’s as far as you can make it at first. My first attempt was around the block before I threw in the towel. It’s a starting point.

You mark your progress from there. You can only improve.
If you get sick, like I did one year, you lose ground. Then you find the new base level and start over from there. You can only improve. Illness is only a setback. Learning the hard way for many of us is just a series of setbacks. We now have a new baseline from which to start anew. This time, let’s do things “A New Way.”


About artandicon

Artist, head cook at Cornie's Kitchen, explorer of both the inner and outer worlds, and tree hugger. My paintings are at ARTANDICON: art at the crossroads of life & faith. Every rock, tree, stream & cloud shouts out with the joy of God! I also write a sci-fi spiritual journey blog about Miriam, a time traveling priestess from the planet Didumos, who visits earth when she has an epileptic seizure, and shares my life. Obviously, my own mind was time traveling when I set up my journey blog!
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