Monday, January 1, 2018

(Good) Health

Good-bye, 2017 and a big welcome to 2018
 
The thought of my "perfect word" for the new year usually begins sometime in November. It's not a conscious act of thought, but words just float into my mind. I don't seek a word, but rather the word finds me. The word that found me for 2018 is (good) health. I became sick Thanksgiving weekend. I saw the doctor, followed her advice and after a week believed I had recovered. The middle of the next week my cough started again, but fatigue, glassy eyes and feeling generally miserable came with it. At the time I thought it was "just" a cold, but looking back I think it was more likely a mild case of the flu. Whatever it was it knocked me down, and I spent last week resting and getting my energy back. But this relatively mild bout of illness made me realize what my word for 2018 needed to be:
 
(GOOD) HEALTH
 
I take good care of myself and despite past major health issues I feel somewhat invincible. I'm blessed with energy, I eat reasonably well and I exercise. That said, I don't drink enough water, I skip strength training at the gym at the slightest provocation and there are days when vegetables are not a major part of my diet. It's past time to add some healthier habits, beginning with these three things. I know I'm not invincible -- one quick slip in my living room last year sidelined me with a broken shoulder for months -- and each year will add new challenges. This year I'm starting with more water, more veggies and more trips to the gym, starting this week.  
 
I did a lot of walking last year -- a blog post about my journey of 1000 miles will be published  tomorrow -- and will keep it up this year. But there's a whole lot more to add. After a great (and veggie filled) brunch with friends I attended a program on essential oils. I found it very interesting and look forward to figuring out what might be helpful for me. I'm not adding a million new things, but I'm open to learning about healthy practices that are new to me. 
 
The last few weeks have reinforced that health is the most precious of gifts and one not to be squandered. I raise a big glass of water to toast the good health of all in Buttercupland and wish everyone health, happiness and energy to enjoy our days. 
 
As ever, thanks for visiting and happy and very healthy wishes!   
 
 
 
 
 


 

13 comments:

Melinda said...

Sounds like you have a good handle on your upcoming year!
Best of luck with your year.

M : )

TARYTERRE said...

I wish you GOOD health in the upcoming year. Sounds like you know how to jumpstart things to head in that direction. Good Luck.

It's me said...

Happy new year!!!....Thanks for last blogyear ...love Ria x ❤️

Theresa said...

Good health is tops on my list too! Have a blessed day and stay warm, it is 14 degrees here this morning! HUGS!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I agree...good health is the key to happiness no matter what age you are. I'm going to start taking vitamins this year. I have a healthy lifestyle but there's always things we can do to improve! Happy New year!

Simply Linda said...

What a great word. I have been enjoying reading of folks words for the 2018 year. Mine is Joyous, and I hope you have a beautiful day friend. smiles

Joy Nissen said...

Sounds like a great plan for the New Year!! Thank you for sharing your blog with us! I love to read about Buttercup Land!! <3

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Good health is a gift and one to be valued for sure. It's one thing we take for granted, but if you don't have good health you realized just how much it means. Wishing you a happy healthy new year !

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

We don’t appreciate good health until we lose it. I keep relatively healthy by moving, but my “good diet” often gets forgotten. I promised myself that I will correct that this year and will also go for some of those tests that I have put off. I wish you a happy and healthy 2018, Carol.

Chatty Crone said...

Well I don't make too many resolutions either - but this sounds like a great one!!!!!!!!I want to do that too - hope you do it - you will!

Dee said...

Dear Carol, like you, I have come to the realization that good health is a great gift at any time. When I was young--and callow--I could not understand why the older nuns in the convent always said to me, "Sister Innocence, pray for good health." It seemed like such a waste of prayer to me.

NOW I know why they said that and I appreciate every healthy day I have.

May you drink lots of water, eat lots of veggies, and train regularly this year. And may we all reach out to others in peace and Oneness. Peace.

Saleslady371 said...

Carol, I applaud you. Love the way you get yourself back up and in the race again. Water, veggies and exercise are key. It has been one week with that respiratory flu and it flattened me. Hate the tickle and I cough way too much. Essential oils are healing. You will enjoy your research. I use them daily. May we all enjoy a healthy, happy New Year. I wish you the best. My word is "unity."

Mildred said...

Due to John's diabetes, we try hard to eat balanced meals and drink plenty of water. It is not always easy! I do much better during summer when fresh veggies taste so good and are easily available at local markets. About 3 years ago, I fell in our house and broke my ankle. I still have difficulty walking long distances.