Next, I need to finally get the drywall of my kitchen ceiling repaired, then replace the old linoleum in the entry with some pretty, new laminate flooring. At that point, I'll be caught up. What a great feeling.
It got me thinking how willing most of us are to invest time and money into our houses and yards. Many of us spend hours and hours keeping our yard healthy and happy. We take on remodeling projects, buy new furniture, paint, repair things when they are broken, and clean it all daily.
What is it about a house that makes it natural to spend time and money keeping it healthy and happy, but when it comes to our bodies we balk. Many people would be much more willing to spend an hour a day making their house better, than their bodies and health. Many would be willing to spend thousands on a remodel project for a new bathroom or kitchen, but are unwilling to invest in the kind of fitness that they will actually do and stick with.
I'm the opposite. My house would be falling down before I gave up my fitness, walks or lifting. Fitness comes first for me in the two major ways I invest: time and money.
The reason is simple. Lifting and walking keep me sane, and even dare I say happy most of the time. They balance out my brain, keep my body moving, and give me a sense of empowerment in aging, chronic pain/illness, and everything else this world throws at me.
I love my little house, I really do. But I love/cherish my body more.
If my house falls apart, I can get a new one. Or rent one. Or move in with my sister. (haha just seeing if you still read my newsletter). Or move to Arizona. Or buy a camper and visit every national park in America. Or buy a tiny house and get rid of all my stuff.
If my body falls apart, I can do none of these things. There is no new one. This is it.
I'm making progress on my house and it feels good. But I will not do it at the expense of my health. The body has been called a wonderland, a temple of the Holy Spirit, a living temple. It is meant to be cherished, loved and invested in. "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Spend wisely, my friends.