“I’m God,” came a forceful reply.
The second fisherman skeptically replied, “I don’t believe you.”
The third fisherman joined in, “Me either; prove it.”
“All right,” God answered. “Let’s see,” he said to the first fisherman, “you have arthritis.” God reached down and touched the man and immediately he was healed. “And you,” he said to the second fisherman, “you have the heartbreak of psoriasis,” and he touched him and immediately he was healed. “And you,” he said to the third fisherman, “you have ..”.
The third fisherman screamed, “No, no, don’t touch me! I’m on total disability.”
Do you want to be healed? Do you want to minimize your problems? Do you want your troubles to be manageable? Do you want a healthy way of life?
“Of course!” is the obvious answer. But the more truthful answer is, not everyone really wants to be well. Many sit in the boat of life and find comfort in being sick. They like someone else taking care of them or they enjoy not having to work or having to face one challenge after another.
Being unhealthy becomes a way of life. If you are one of those people, today’s column really is not intended for you. I want to write to those of you who really are interested in being healed, finding answers to your troubles, and hopefully moving beyond them. If that’s not you, skip to another section of the paper.
Research reveals that individuals who live unusually effective and healthy lives demonstrate the following important qualities:
1. A Willingness to Change: Are you living in a way that is deeply satisfying and which truly expresses who you are? If not, be prepared to change.
2. Responsibility: Do you assume responsibility for your life? Unless you do, you will never grow emotionally. Maturing is dependent upon your ability to assume responsibility for your own life.
3. Examine Your Motives: If most of your motives are directed by a desire for safety and security, it may be time to go out on a limb. Challenge yourself by making decisions that lead to growth.
4. Be Honest: Try to see yourself as others do. It’s wonderful when you are right, when you have made wise and insightful choices. Be willing to admit you were wrong; that you fail at times, maybe because you are irresponsible or shortsighted.
5. Make Use of Positive Experiences: Refuse to let moments of awe, amazement, exaltation, renewal, reverence, fulfillment, or joy pass you by. Life is full of such moments if only you are attentive to them.
6. Be Prepared to Be Different: Accept your uniqueness. You really don’t have to be like everyone else. It’s OK to be you.
7. Get Involved: Instead of working just to get a paycheck, work to satisfy higher yearnings for truth, beauty, purpose, and meaning. Risk getting personally involved, living your daily life with purpose.
Do you want to be healthy?