Monday, January 30, 2012

Life as Paradox

Carrying extra weight makes exercise more difficult. In order to lose weight you need to get more exercise.

To fix our healthcare system we need less tests, drugs and surgeries (and more coaching on wellness). People in our healthcare system only get paid for tests, drugs and surgeries (and rarely for coaching on wellness).

(P.S. Wellness does not = low-fat milk)

Ironic, isn't it? Perhaps we shouldn't be trying to fix the problem, perhaps we should be finding peace among the paradox. Maybe this applies to all things like the economy and the environment as well as individual health and our healthcare system. Maybe, just maybe, if we can accept "life as paradox" we'd be better able to live in the space in between. After all if you run hard at a brick wall, you're likely to get knocked back a few feet and feel a bit of pain.

What am I really saying here? In the face of a big problem, do something (no matter how small) each and every day. 

If you want to lose some weight, walk five more minutes a day. If you want to fix our healthcare system, drink a glass water instead of a can of soda. If you want to help the environment, recycle the bottle (even if you have to carry it home to do so). You get the idea...

Sitting back and waiting for the paradox to change is a fool's game. Welcome the paradox. Then get up, take a step and give it a little nudge.

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