Here are the two things that have been on my mind this week (for reference, this past week was women’s health week):
- When a woman has opportunities to change her life for the better, her family and community improve right along with her (One of the biggest lessons I have learned working at Fair Anita)
- Health is a key component to improving one’s life.
And yes, those two things put together are what this post is all about– How a healthy life can lead to a healthy community! So how can we develop a healthier environment to improve not only our individual well-being but that of our community as well??
Here are 3 basic ways we can improve the health of ourselves, our environments, and our community.
So what does this mean exactly? It means accepting yourself. Accepting who you are, where your life is at, your strengths, your weaknesses, and everything in between. It also means accepting those around you. Accepting their strengths, weaknesses, identity, culture, similarities, and differences from you. It is accepting their current path in life and accepting that they have had a path, just as intricate as yours, that has led them to where they are today. This is obviously easier said than done, as most of these steps will be, but it will make a huge difference in your own life and greatly impact those around you!
This belief is not in regards to religion, but rather our belief in ourselves and one another. The belief that our goals and dreams are worth reaching for. The belief that we are all worthy of the same basic human rights and privileges. A belief that investing in, cherishing, and supporting one another is crucial to building the kind of community and environment we want to be a part of. Not one that is a cut-throat competition, but a friendly challenge where we build one another up to success. Belief is key to standing strong individually and as a collective.
3. Presence & Patience
How often do you go through the motions of your daily life without really sensing what is happening around you? Without actually thinking about why you are doing something? In our world today, many things are go go go- which I used to love, but I have found myself reconsidering. When you are constantly moving, loved ones get hurt by your lack of presence, people drift apart, and great ideas become vague. You owe it to yourself to appreciate the fine details in your life, and your community will benefit from it too.
Bonus Tip!! I know I said there were only 3, but this one is just too important to dismiss. Forgive yourself already!!! I didn’t say what for, but if you automatically thought of something when you read that, it is time to let go. Whether you are forgiving yourself or someone else, it is time to let it go. You will be better for it, and so will your relationships with the people around you. Easier said than done, I know, we already covered that. But, once you are able to do forgive, you will feel freer.
And with that, I wish you well. I hope you can find places in your life where you can implement these ideas. No matter how small, you will start noticing a difference. Just the other day I reminded myself to slow down, and I smelt some flowers that I had been given (cliche, I know!). But honestly, when was the last time you smelt the flowers??