I have a confession. I like to burn fossil fuels for fun and adventure. I love to start my Harley-Davidson Road King and listen to its high performance pipes. I like to through my leg over the seat, roll the throttle and rumble off without really knowing where I’m going. I like not thinking about how long it’s going to take or what I’m going to find along the way. I know that it’s the experience along the way that matters most. A journey on a Road King is no different than the journey that you take towards health and well being.
We all want to be on the road to health but this road can have a lot of turns. Turns are fun on a Harley but on the road to health, some turns are expected and some come as a total surprise. For some people the road is smooth but for others the journey is full of bumps, wrong turns or traffic jams. The only thing that matters is how you deal with the road. On a Harley you either ride it out or you take another turn. If you have to sit by the side of the road, you enjoy the view. Your trip toward health is just like that. When you’re on the long road to health you are on a journey.
The road to health requires integrity in the moment of choice. When I’m on my motorcycle I relax and make good choices about where I am in the moment. A loss of focus could spell disaster. I’ve been on that bike for hundreds of miles in the rain with hands frozen to the grips and I’ve rolled through the desert in heat that melts asphalt. I’ve been on perfect roads in the most beautiful parts of America with the best weather that you can imagine. Thousands and thousands of miles and it’s all good because it’s all about the journey. Every moment and every choice matters.
It’s the same for you when you’re moving toward health. Enjoy the moment and make wise choices about your direction. What you are doing now makes more difference on your road to health than what you are planning to do in the future. Doing is so much more important than planning. Being is so much more important than “going to be.” But ultimately we must have a goal in mind and that goal is health.
When I take off on my Harley I don’t know where I’ll be but I do know that I will return home. It’s really the only destination that I ultimately have. I suggest that you look at the road to health in the same way. See health as your home, knowing that your turns should take you there and you should appreciate the trip along the way. Health is your destination but how you get there has everything to do with your decisions right now. And while you should enjoy your adventure, every choice along the way is what takes you home.
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