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The Blessings of Being Healthy

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As human beings we sometimes take for granted being healthy or realizing how truly blessed we are to have our health. Normally, only after we've lost something we had before, like good health, do most of us realize the many blessings that come with good health.

For example: the gift of sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and so on are often taken for granted if you still possess those abilities. But imagine for just one moment loosing any ability you currently posses, like the ability to see or pick something up. Try closing your eyes and walking around or picking up something without using your hands; it's difficult, isn't it? Now imagine losing those abilities forever. Only those born with debilities or those who have lost abilities truly understand the difficulties with being unhealthy or debilitated.

The mornings we awake feeling well and being healthy should be considered a blessing each and every day. Our health is not any more guaranteed than tomorrow. Nothing is guaranteed, that's why we must awake each and every day appreciating our health and life itself. We must also pray for those who are hospitalized or currently ill.

I recently had a health scare encounter that made me realize how fragile my health and life are. The encounter reminded me of the many important things I sometimes take for granted each and every day. A simple cold can make you feel miserable for days and maybe weeks, but cancer therapy, including radiation treatments and chemotherapy can make you sick and miserable for days, weeks, months, years and even the rest of your life. When you put simple illnesses into perspective with life-altering and changing medical events, you can now see the blessings of good health.

Many families this very moment are enduring months and months of medical treatments for a family member or loved one suffering from a serious medical illness or debilitating health problem. I can assure you that they would love nothing more than to see their loved one healthy.

As we all know, life can be very tough and distracting, but we must strive to keep a positive attitude. A positive attitude has a way of keeping you happy and healthy. There are many blessings we take for granted that others will never, ever know.

I read a recent e-mail that was very touching. The e-mail gave many examples, including pictures that made me both think and feel guilty at the same time. One of the examples showed a perfectly healthy child complaining about having to eat vegetables, while another example showed a starving child. The entire e-mail definitely made me count my blessings.

In closing, please pray for those in need, those suffering from illnesses and those with medical setbacks and their families.

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