I have a friend whose diet was impeccable and taught yoga. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside, always fashionable with a bright smile. Her lifestyle was the epitome of health and someone I looked up to as an example. You can imagine my surprise when she unexpectedly passed away this week at age 49 from cancer. She was by far, the healthiest woman I know and now she's gone.
A question that crossed my mind was, "Why put forth all the efforts to be healthy if you could die early anyway?" I mean, if you are going to get a life threatening illness young, why spend all that time checking labels, chopping produce and searching for tasty and healthy recipes so you can live longer? I felt a little guilty when I entertained that thought for a few moments longer than I should, but after talking to others, I found that it was a pretty common thought.
So what is the answer? It's simple. If I was currently diagnosed with a life threatening illness, I would beat myself up. "Why didn't I eat better? Why didn't I workout harder? Why didn't I just DO better? I do pretty good, but I admit I could do a whole lot better! As for my friend, I really doubt if she berated herself with such questions. What peace that would be, knowing I did everything on my end, in the face of such heart breaking news.
I know everything in life happens for a reason, I honestly do. I also know that there are consequences for every action taken. More often than not, our lifestyles determine the quality of life we live and if we do our best in our health efforts, we will be rewarded. Even with heart breaking news, if a life is lived to the best of our ability, we can still have peace.