That drive-thru combo meal full of sugar, bad fats, and chemical preservatives doesn’t feel like much today. That double-double, refined-flour bagel, and extra salty bag of potato chips doesn’t feel like much today. Missing your workout, taking the elevator, and pushing the handicap button on the door doesn’t feel like much today.
Eating steamed broccoli, lean fish, and salad for dinner doesn’t feel like much today. Getting out of bed and jumping on the treadmill for 20 minutes doesn’t feel like much today. Taking time to read your bible and quietly meditate doesn’t feel like much today. Parking on the far side of the lot and taking the stairs doesn’t feel like much today.
One word: Cumulative
It’s true – good or bad, our choices don’t feel like much in the beginning. It doesn’t feel like much whether you hit or miss your workout. It doesn’t feel like much whether you eat a salad or French fries. It doesn’t feel like much whether you check-in and play with the kids or check-out and veg on the couch. But if we live based on how things feel in the moment, we won’t notice much until we hit the extremes. Either the extreme of disease or the extreme of a mountain-top bliss.
Life is best done by planting small seeds all the time and creating a sustainable harvest that lasts forever. The extremes may be what motivate us, but living by feeling is short-sighted. Most things done in small doses don’t feel like anything until they accumulate enough either for good or for bad.
I hope you make the right choices today even if you don’t feel any different. Eventually you’ll be on the mountain top instead of struggling to barely keep your head above water.
Dr. Matt Tonnos
God, Family, Food, Exercise, and Health Strategy for People. Full time Doctor, Dad, and Husband. When I’m not interacting with patients, playing with my kids or exercising at home with my wife, Dr. Amy Culver, you can find me reading books, enjoying a strong cup of coffee, and investing in new start-ups. Remember, If you’re not moving it, you’re losing it.