I read an interesting article the other day regarding healthy lifestyle.
Interesting in the sense that the average person who watches his/her weight, exercises regularly, manages stress appropriately and chooses not to smoke only lives an average of four more years than their counterparts who do not.
As a Canadian, these additional four years cost the Canadian health care system on average $400,000 MORE, as the patients live longer and tend to require more care over the long-term.
If interested the article can be found by performing a search for 'healthy people cost health system more' it's the third link from the top.
I've decided from here on in, when I crave a juicy, bacon cheeseburger I'm going to give in - in the name of preserving Canada's public health care of course ;)
I look back at the week's stress level and think that work has been pretty quiet, but life itself could be described more accurately as 'Chaos Unplugged'.
July approaches and course work is due, my children are experiencing the pangs of first love and all the 'joy' that it entails. With my youngest finding out that her best friend has 'stolen' her boyfriend.
My eldest son returning to a girlfriend that cheated on him, all for the sake of my young granddaughter. I sometimes think I taught him to forgive TOO much, there are some things that deserve no forgiveness.
As much counsel as a parent tries to provide on waiting till the appropriate time, it always seems to be better absorbed after the fact. *sighs*
Still though it breaks my heart to see the trust she had in her friend diminish, and the care and tenderness she felt for this boy turn into disappointment and breaks my heart even further to watch my son take a path that I know will lead to even further heartache.
In the scheme of things, these things are trivial with many people fighting much worse battles but they still cause me stress.
Perhaps in sharing them, I release them and capture the realization that this too shall pass, and that the days ahead can be filled with much better, or much worse.