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Fend For Yourself

Want to do better? Envision the outcome.

As I have been out and about lately doing presentations and talking to people from diverse industries and backgrounds about health and well-being, I had a thought – several, really. What if we had one simple thing to focus on that helped us stay on track with our everyday choices? Imagine how much easier it would be to care for ourselves, because we would know what the choices were supposed to do.

It’s actually really simple. One question.

Could you save yourself?

Boom.  In a weather emergency, weird human behavior to react to, understanding the body as it ages and what that means to our muscles and mind…Think about it.  This is the opposite of negative. It’s the opposite of not relevant.

If the electricity went out or there was a fire, could you take several flights of stairs to get out of a building?

If you had to hoist yourself out of a sinkhole, could you?

If the paramedics come, do their standard rescue protocols apply to you?

Is there something you want to do that you are unable to do because of your own lifestyle choices?

Do you grow or raise your own food, and if not, do you trust the farmers who do? (If not, connect with credible agriculture organizations near you and get to trusting.)

The one main thing to note is that we have it in our power to save ourselves, personally and professionally, from a bad situation. You are almost never stuck. We just need to be brave enough to try a new way.

The world is full of bad choices that are easy to make.  It’s also full of good choices that are easy to make, even if many others aren’t making them. Think about how amazing and freeing it is to be confident in our ability to take care of ourselves in an unexpected circumstance. It may just make it easier to choose new things every day and say no to things that derail us from getting to where we want to be.

Find your focus. Envision what the outcome is as you make your daily choices, and all of a sudden, those long term goals might just feel a little more tangible.

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By Kim Kirchherr

I am a dietitian working in food and fiber (agriculture) through retail, addressing opportunities to make things better for people and planet.