Our view of the lives we lead is more influenced by what we eat, than what we understand. The affect of mood seeps into every attempt at discerning our interpretation of the reality surrounding our existence. This sense of how we feel about a train of thought is deeply rooted in the bacteria of our digestive system, and the balance of normalcy between billions of microbes working to breakdown the content of what we consume as nourishment. Consciousness arrived long after nature developed this system for supplying the body with the necessary fuel essential to survival and thus reproduction. The ties between our bodies responses to the what we ingest are profound. Every cell throughout our body is in constant and continuous contact with effects of the digestive process. At the cellular level, we budget energy to correspond to the rate at which its replenished. Individual cells don’t store energy, thus their usage is dependent on an efficient means of continually delivering that source. Through the adaptation of consciousness and higher levels of cognitive deliberation, the body’s response to what we derive as fuel is highly regulated by the master of all human regulators, emotion. How we feel is the most significant indication of our state of being. Controlling the lens that we view our reality through is all the control we possess.
“...waiting out the rain”
I can’t help but wonder what the extent of our industrialized food culture contributes to the current state of affairs here in the U.S. I realize it’s not that simple, and the complexity of any modern day society is immense with contributing factors, but the anecdotal occurrences of digestive disruptions within my world causes me to consider the effects. Even if it’s just a small part of the why, it’s one aspect of life we have all the power to regulate. With the rate of change for everything around us soaring as humanity expands the volume of ideas converted to reality, the fundamentals of our existence are vital to our continued well being. The average lifestyle is trending away from what has allowed our species to become what it is today. The very basis of healthy is being challenged by convenience in order to keep pace with the speed of our social development. All the while, we are biologically tethered to the fundamentals of life itself. Eating, sleeping, and exercising are the foundations of how we arrived at today. Budgeting them into the modern lifestyle, while capitalizing on the advancements of all that change development is the challenge.
“If all we know, is all we have”...what we know matters most! In today’s world, this is what separates the majority from the 20% taking advantage of their understanding of how we exist.
How we rank in this paradigm greatly influences our outcomes. How you view your life helps determine the trajectory for your progress. Understanding the effects of change in regards to progress allows the individual to ascend upward, while defiance lowers that trajectory downward, even to the extent of despair. Now imagine the effects of your mood on this situation, and the realization of that next bite of food contributing to your place in life. Low and behold, the big picture is just a collection of small brush strokes, and the details really do matter. Creating understanding, observing the creators, awareness of the observations, and continually updating your story is the process for being included. Authoring your individual story with knowledge delivers a vastly different outcome than feeling good or bad, depending on what transpired and calling it luck.
Decay is rooted in the stagnation of growth. Growth is only limited by the infrastructure of the organism. Trees attain the height their individual structures will support absent of external influences. Humans are given our internal structure from our ancestors genetics. We fulfill that capacity with the fundamental basis for supporting life by eating, sleeping, and physical activity. Growth as a person, emotionally and intellectually is chosen and lacks the constraints of infrastructure as previously described. Decay comes in the form of rationalization of your lack of effort and subsequent failures. Isolation is the end game of this path, leaving you alone and suffering the misery of being disconnected, or possibly worst, being surrounded by people just like yourself.
Knowing who we are and accepting our role in that is about the best anyone can achieve. Staking a claim to the notion of control in hopes of satisfying our desire to have or achieve can backfire. Life is a struggle for all forms of life itself. Peace is not being consumed by the challenge of life, and embracing the unknown as an opportunity rather than something terrifying. Managing your emotional impulses, so that they align with the decisions they’re intended to support. Stop wanting and start living...
I’m one of the lucky ones, given all of the things in my life. My wife is beyond amazing in her support and understanding of who I am. Believe me, I can be a handful at times, but somehow she is there for me. Our kids are all good people with their own individual stuff that makes them who they are, but they make me feel as though I’ve been a good influence on their lives. Our immediate families are all low drama, and easy to be related to. There is my wife’s younger sister, who’s out there, but she doesn’t infringe on our lives what so ever. We simply ignore her for the most part. Hell, I only first met her a couple of years back for the first time. So, all in all I have nothing but blessings for where things are at the present. I’m working on getting the health where I want it with a better lifestyle for sustaining my ability to continue this life for many years to come. There have been ample times across the past fifty plus years, where I would have never imagined myself in this position, so stopping and sharing a little gratitude every once in a while is never a bad idea. I believe that expecting your best from yourself helps create who you are. All the surrounding circumstances are too much to have any measure of control over. Doing your best to manage the piece within your control is all there is to work with. Getting worked up over not getting what you feel you deserve will carve the peace and joy of what you do have away. So, in essence you’re making your life worse by doing such. Stop and savor the moments a bit. It’ll make things so much better...😍