Have you ever considered the origin of pearls? A pearl is not a precious stone as are diamonds, emeralds and rubies. They are of animal origin. Pearls are found in certain shellfish, most notably the oyster. It is generally supposed that they are the fruit of wounding and suffering. Each pearl is formed by an oyster’s internal response to a wound caused by an irritant, such as a grain of sand. Resources of repair rush to the injured area. The final result is a lustrous pearl. Something beautiful is created, though impossible without the wound.

I wonder how many of us close each year with gladness and embrace the next with hope, enthusiasm and zest so often expressed as we set resolutions to begin another New Year. We start off each year with wonderful intentions; adopting a healthier fitness program, taking better care of our bodies, and making other changes that enhance our overall outlook on life. For the most part we know why it’s important to be physically healthy, and it is far beyond what we see in a mirror. But how often do we take the time to understand on a deeper level the value in taking care of our self? As we approach the end of 2018 – how has your year progressing? Are you still actively pursuing the goals or resolutions you set?  What needs to be different in 2019 to attain these goals?

Life is all about wounds. Each of us suffer at some point in our lives whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. Some suffer much more than others. It is all about being human. Are you prepared? Wounds are generally unexpected – coming upon us like a summer storm. As it pours down, can you physically handle the challenge? Is your mind equipped to stay settled and focused? Do you have support systems in place? Do you believe and have faith & hope to endure? Could you produce a pearl?

I suffered a wound, a life-threatening wound. One day I was exercising and the next I was lying on an operating table undergoing open brain surgery. Unexpected may be the understatement of my life. Although I never saw the storm coming I was prepared for it. I practice exercise. I practice eating well. I practice relaxing. These practices are my lifestyle. Spiritually, my faith in Christ got me through some of the darkest hours; my physical health helped in my rapid recovery; and I had my family and many close friends rally around me. My wound enlightened me as to the preciousness of my family, my, life, and my life’s work – my pearl.

Make no mistake there are no guarantees in life. But we certainly can bend the odds in our favor. It is a proactive approach to creating pearls. It is the learning environment that we can strive for each and every day. Each day you chose to create a stronger body, mind, and spirit that weathers any challenge that comes you are facilitating fitness for life.

I believe true wellness is embracing the gift you’ve been given; complete ownership to and therefore responsibility for your body – which is life’s greatest investment.  The dividends that come not only better your life – but everyone in your sphere of influence