Changing our routines and habits can be hard. D. Goldberg about our tendency to procrastinate and that we often do get old too soon and smart too late. Act now, not tomorrow!
Common Errors Of Natural Hygienists (And Other Health Seekers) - 4|
by Paul A. Goldberg, M.P.H., D.C. D.A.C.B.N.
Error #4: Delaying Implementation Of Needed Change
An excellent saying which I have imprinted indelibly on my brain is that The Future Is Now.
Humans like other animals are creatures of habit. We get used to doing, whatever it is that we have been doing! Making changes is generally hard and the longer we have been doing something another way, the harder the change usually is to make.
Habits regarding food, sleep patterns, poison habits such as tobacco and alcohol, exercise protocols, etc., can be difficult to alter, particularly when they are long standing. Sometimes habits we find to be hurtful to us were adapted initially, thinking that they were beneficial. I have had patients for example, who had engaged in exercise routines for many years, that were far in excess of what was physiologically sound. These well intending individuals pushed themselves to extremes day after day. Later they would find that they were breaking down their tissues far faster than their tissues could repair and causing themselves to age prematurely (just the opposite of what they had intended). After years of doing this, however, the exercise patterns had become an addiction and were difficult to abandon even after the damage they were doing to themselves became evident.
Negative eating habits seen in patients may also have been undertaken with notions of health giving properties, (e.g. strict vegan diets, high starch diets, etc) and implemented with great vigor and good intent. Later, even after realizing some of their negative potential, altering them can be a daunting proposition.
Faced with difficult changes there is a natural tendency to procrastinate. I'll make the changes...tomorrow is the rationale too many of us have used too often. Just one more day of this and then it will be the last time. Starting next week I will implement it. My birthday is next month...that will be a good time to start. I'll give this up just as soon as my cousin's party is over...I would not want to offend her by not eating the pastries and the double jellied, honey plastered, molasses ingrained, Karo Syrup basted ham she is going to have there.
And so it goes... one excuse after another, until we find ourselves many years later still not having made the changes we know need to be made and having continued to acquire the damages our faulty habits have incurred.
Yes, we often do get old too soon and smart too late. I would add, however, that we often get smart in plenty of time but choose to stay stupid anyways! I think it would be correct to say that wisdom lies in actually doing what we know is the right thing to do i.e. not simply knowing it but also bringing it into reality.
In my thirty years of practice I have frequently and tragically seen people who knew better, who planned on making changes but never did, only to present themselves years after knowing better, with damages that had become partially or sometimes even fully irreversible.
No time like the present. The Future Is Now. Good to keep in mind and apply today so we don't have regrets tomorrow
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Paul A. Goldberg, M.P.H., D.C., D.A.C.B.N. is a co-founder of the International Natural Hygiene Society, a Certified Hygienic Practitioner, Clinical Epidemiologist, and Director of The Goldberg Clinics in Atlanta, Georgia and West Palm Beach, Florida. His website can be found at www.goldbergclinic.com