It’s been a while since I’ve posted. So much has happened to me personally and to us collectively over the past year. While our world faced a global pandemic, I was dealing with my own health challenge.
I won’t go into the details now, but I will tell you that it was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through. I’m happy to say that I am on the road to a complete recovery.
I’m still processing everything we individually and collectively went through over the past year, but what I learned, to a greater extent in that time, is that our health is truly the most valuable asset we have.
Dr. William J. Mayo, one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, understood this. I took the picture above when I was at the Mayo Clinic last year because what it said resonated deeply with me.
Dr. Mayo’s words have stayed with me since then, especially as I watched so many people in our nation, and around the world, get so sick or die from Covid-19.
While a pandemic is a rare occurrence that we individually don’t have much control over, how we take care of our health on a daily basis is something we do have control of.
Taking care of our health is the single most important thing we can do, because if we lose our health, we lose our ability to be independent, to have a bright future, and to pursue our dreams. If we get sick, we end up struggling to get through our days and we find ourselves surviving instead of thriving.
While the emotional and physical toll of an illness can be tough on the patient and their caregiver, the financial consequences can be devastating for those who are under insured or who don’t have insurance. So taking care of our health and the health of our loved ones is the best investment we can make on many levels.
In Section Two, Obstructions to Spirit, of THE SPIRIT FACTOR, the first obstructions I talk about are Our Health and Food because I feel our health and the food we eat can be the biggest obstructions to spirit we have.
While I’ve considered myself to be educated about food and a pretty healthy eater over the past decade, I realized the past few months that I could improve my diet a lot. This is not such an easy task when we are bombarded with unhealthy fast-food commercials constantly on TV and so much of the food available in our groceries stores is processed and lacks any nutritional value.
But after what I went through, I’m committed to cutting out most processed foods and switching to a more whole foods plant-based diet. Every part of my being is telling me that this is the right thing to do. I feel by making this change, I will put the odds in my favor for not only recovering completely now but also for staying healthy and happy in the future.
Rather than looking at this change as some sort of deprivation, I’m looking at it as a joyful thing, knowing that I’m giving my body the nourishment it needs to heal and become stronger every day. This is exciting to me!
I have a lot left in life that I want to accomplish, and I want to do everything in my power to make sure I’m strong and healthy for the work, and fun, ahead.
There were times during my treatment journey that I wasn’t sure I’d make it, and I could feel the dream I have of Michael and me teaching THE SPIRIT FACTOR philosophy around the world slipping away.
Feeling that all the hard work we had done, the sacrifices we had made, and the time we had spent writing the book would be lost made me incredibly sad. I felt sad, too, for all the people we wouldn’t be able to help because I know the information in THE SPIRIT FACTOR is needed now more than ever.
But now, I know that if I continue to make healthy choices and work hard, I can make my dream come true. And that is worth any effort my new, healthier life will take.
I’m happy to be back! I look forward to sharing more of THE SPIRIT FACTOR with you and the world! Maybe you will be inspired to join me on my new, healthier-life journey so we can create a (R)EVOLUTION of spirit, together!
It is time, don’t you think?
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In Spirit,Marie Kukula-Tyner