Whenever I conclude a keynote speech or workshop, I always remind my audience, “If you lose your health, you lose everything. You see, it doesn’t matter what your title says on your business card. How much authority you have over other people. What your position is within the company. And it certainly doesn’t matter how many “material toys” you may accumulate along the way. None of those things can save you from becoming the wealthiest, and most recognized person in the cemetery…prematurely. Please don’t ever let that happen to you.”
Your health is the most important thing you possess. If ever there has been a time to seriously think about the true meaning of those words, now is that time.
During these times of uncertainty, there are three important things we, as human beings, must do:
- Embrace responsibility…don’t shift it! Accountability breeds responsibility. Listen, if we want to make a difference, then we must all commit to holding ourselves accountable for our actions. And now is the time to step up and act responsibly.
- Use common sense – the basic level of practical knowledge and judgement that we all need to help us live in a reasonable and safe way. The age we are living in now, if you want the truth about something, you can’t expect to just receive it on a silver platter. You have the “official narrative” and alternative narratives, so do your research and get the facts!
- Show respect – to yourself, and especially others. Stop striping the aisles bare in supermarkets and fighting “like children” for food and toilet paper. Show respect for the older people who require the same basic necessities just like you, but due to your greed and egoist attitudes, are forced to leave the stores empty handed. Stop being selfish, and start being human!
To curb the worry, stress, fear, and reduce our risk factor for future illness and disease, we must recognize the fact that the responsibility lies in our own hands.
Potential Health Consequences of Confinement
When many governments recently closed all businesses, there would have been many people – small business owners, independent traders, etc. – waking up the next morning feeling stressed, worried, and overcome with fear. How will I pay my bills? How will my business survive? How will I put food on the table if the money runs out? These are all questions, and many more, that would have been racing through the minds of millions of people all over the globe.
We’ve been led to believe that the closure of businesses and confinement are necessary preventive measures to curb the “virus,” but the consequences of doing so, have and will continue to cause more deaths from stress, worry, fear, and cancelled treatments for other chronic illnesses amongst the global population.
We all know that prolonged stress, worry, and fear significantly suppress the immune system (making people even more vulnerable to illness), and are a precursor for heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, and other metabolic disorders that kill millions of people globally every year. In addition, Chinese statistics show that since the beginning of the “epidemic,” Chinese divorce applications have tripled! Mainly due to couples being confined to each other’s company for prolonged periods of time, which under normal everyday circumstances, doesn’t occur.
So, what action can we, the people, take? Financially, but unfortunately, I can’t pay the bills for you at the end of the month, but you can ask your government to show “real leadership” by putting their hands in their pockets and making a significant contribution to those in need. By the way, during challenging and uncertain times, people need to be reassured that leadership is being trustworthy and transparent. It’s also the time, when backs are against the wall, that real leaders lead – people like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela come to mind. Sadly, we live in a time where leadership has been compromised – individuals have been placed in power for their ability to be influenced, not their merits of leadership. People want to be led. Not misled. Many modern-day ‘leaders’ believe the people of their country, community or corporation exist to provide them with position. I believe their position exists to provide the people entrusted to them with authentic leadership that inspires a sense of trust, moral authority, empathy, transparency, mutual respect, true character combined with pure motives, and places foundational principles above personal gain, power, and enrichment.
And finally, to curb the stress, worry, and fear and reduce our risk factor for future illness and disease, we must recognize the fact that the responsibility lies in our own hands. If we raise our standards and claim ownership for our actions and choices, we can significantly protect ourselves. Unlike what the medical establishment have taught us to believe, you don’t “catch” flu, you “create” flu! Flu is driven by lifestyle, environmental toxins, and electrical pollution.
So, stay safe. Stay healthy. Serve others. And do what is right, not what is easy!