Sitting in the hospital I’ve never felt so simultaneously full of gratitude yet full of despair. People all around me are talking about their illnesses and ailments, their trials and tribulations, and their hope. They’ve become mildly dependent on the medications and the system – a system that I witnessed fail, nearly costing the life of the person dearest to me.
It may not be instantaneous or have a lifetime guarantee, but practicing clean living can help build the extra strength we need, whether we ourselves are faced with sickness or someone close to us is.
The most valuable lesson I learned from my father stems from four words he would often end our conversations with: Be good to yourself. Best to leave our wellness in our own hands if we are graced with such a generous opportunity.