What happened to all the SEESAWS? Was it the bruised knees, bleeding chins or sore behinds that brought their demise? It must have been the lawyers fueled by angry parents with sobbing children. This momentous removal was necessary to protect from playground injury. On the downside, we lost a valuable educational tool when seesaws began to vanish from our neighborhoods!
What is health? As stated by the World Health Organization, health is:
"Optimum physical, mental and social well being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
"Health is a dynamic tension towards physical, mental, social and spiritual harmony, and not only the absence of illness..."
In chiropractic, we also equate good health as proper functioning within a flexible range of balance. Good health is present when one is able to adapt his/her physiological and mental state to the demands of the internal and external environment. All definitions value the understanding that there is more to health than just feeling “normal.” It’s all about FUNCTION and ADAPTATION.
Our level of health (and happiness) is an accumulation of our habits/choices! It is the balance between good and bad. Too many bad habits/choices cause a teetering too heavily to one side… tilting us into sickness and disease. Good choices and habits rock us over to health and happiness.
We need many good habits to counterweight the unavoidable factors discussed above. List answers to the questions, and see if your seesaw is balanced or slightly tilting towards optimum health and happiness or sickness and despair. In reality, this is a dance… teetering slightly back and forth as our life swings forward.
Next month’s article will further explore specific categories of our habits/choices. It will be aimed at exploring strategies for the creation of greater wellness. By taking responsibility and realizing that we are where we are because of OUR choices and habits, we can finally jump off the merry-go-round of illness and unhappiness. Now is the best time to remove our heads from the sandbox and tilt the seesaw towards abundant health and joy!