It’s one of those days I feel encourage and discouraged at the same time. I feel encouraged, because I can see our culture and the culture of other countries as well, begin to shift towards a trend of more eco-friendly habits. It’s much easier to find products in common stores such as Target or Wal-Mart that are organic or dye free or fragrance free. What’s discouraging to me is that we still have such a long way to go, and a lot of days it’s not easy to get that extra distance.
I’ve realized by interacting with lots of people who are interested in getting their lives healthy, that many of us start to make changes, but to really completely overhaul our life takes a bit of effort and changing of habits that we’ve all had for decades. Many people can’t or won’t push through. Or sadly, many people believe their lives are pretty non-toxic because they’ve made a few small changes, but they don’t realize how much their daily life is still full of chemicals and toxins.
The amount of people that get and even die from cancer is staggering. It’s so staggering that it has become normal now. It’s not shocking if someone tells us their parent died from cancer or their friend is going through chemo and radiation. It’s very sad and very devastating, but it’s not abnormal anymore.
My husband and I are both in our thirties, but the past few days we’ve been chatting about what we want to be like when we are 60, 70, 80, or 90 years old. The normal viewpoint of getting older is that your body will start to fall apart. Whether it’s a heart attack or stroke or cancer or diabetes or whatever. Most of our culture knows that these things just happen as your body ages. I don’t think they have to. Do I believe the body changes as it gets older? Most definitely. But I believe many of the illnesses and diseases that we view as normal are far from normal and can be avoided. My husband and I don’t want to be normal. We want to be healthy.
I had a lady in a workshop I taught tell me that she had been chronically ill for over a decade. I think some of those years were even spent bed ridden. She asked God one day what was the matter with her. She heard him say, “Your body is poisoned.” When I heard her tell that story, the word “poison” hit me hard. She began doing a lot of research and even built a non-toxic home. She got better. I do believe we have poisoned our bodies. I believe that’s why we have so many chronic illnesses and why getting older means our bodies start shutting down.
I work hard to continually make my home safer every day for my family and myself. It still kills me to lie on our couch, which I know is made from microfiber, probably sprayed with stain resistant chemicals if not flame retardant and filled with polyester which is also full of chemicals. It’s also hard for me to live in a home with carpeted floors that I know are toxic not to mention paint, drywall, insulation, etc. It can be overwhelming if I focus on everything I want to change. Financially, I can’t change all those things right now, and I am very thankful to live on a beautiful farm in a nice house. But I’m never going to stop moving forward. We are saving for land and will eventually build a house that I hope to make from completely sustainable and non-toxic materials. I’d like to buy a new couch soon. It’s going to cost me a lot of money, but it’s worth it. Every time I buy something new whether it’s shoes for the children or a new spatula in the kitchen, I research first and do my best to find a non-toxic, sustainable, and earth friendly version. I’m not always successful, but I am always intentional.
Alive & Thriving
Going into “fear mode” or freaking out and trying to change everything at once isn’t going to work. Stress and worry are terrible companions to keep in your life. I don’t do what I do out of fear. I do what I do out of value. I value myself. I value my family. And I value the world we live in. I want to make each of those things better. Of course I don’t want my children getting cancer or myself having stroke when I’m older, but right now, I focus on wanting to have the best quality of life I can and being able to offer it to my family. I do what I do, because I know life can be better than what I see as normal all around me. We weren’t mean to fill our bodies with poisons. We were meant to have bodies that are alive and thriving. We were meant to live in a world with creation that is alive and thriving. That’s what I’m going for, and that is what I stay focused on. I’m always going for the better. It’s life long race of learning and changing.
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