Health is no more than a currency
In my time practicing as a wellness advisor, I’ve often asked my clients why they’d like to start an exercise program and invariably they’d tell me “because I want to be healthy”. “Great…” I’d reply. I’d follow that up by a few moments of silence and a complexed gaze which precedes my rather loaded “and…??” question. “And what?? I want to be healthy, that’s it”.
And again, I’d plant that seed of doubt with the silence that symbolizes the fact that I am expecting more from them. Then just as the cogs in their brains starts to turn and first bits of steam start appearing from their ears, I offer them some relief. “Health is nothing more than a currency” I’d say. Huh?? Yeah you heard me, “Health is nothing more than a currency”, allow me to explain.
If I were to offer you a million bucks in a briefcase, in cash, but with only one condition attached, would you still value it? Here is my condition: you are not allowed to spend it. No investment, no stocks, no purchases, nothing, the cash is right there in the briefcase but it is practically useless. That paper in the briefcase which symbolises money has little, to no value if you cannot spend it right??
Well now lets go back to health. If you were able to achieve “perfect health”, lets say that your body mass, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc were all at optimal levels, but you were ordered to be locked up in a cell with no access to anything this world has to offer, would you still value health as much??? Probably not.
So my challenge to my clients and in fact to you Dear Reader is to figure out what it is that you are wanting for yourself that is truly important to you. If your health were in fact a mere currency as I have proposed, what would you want to buy with it?