From the movie “Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead” at 2:30 (you can see it on Hulu for free here):
“I think in a funny way, I’m thankful that I got sick.
Because if I didn’t get sick, that was kind of like my body telling me to slow down and to get well.
Who knows, if i hadn’t of gotten sick, I might not have ever slowed down; I might of already had a heart attack and died.
So, you won’t ever know.
But I’m thankful for that.”
It really stood out to me. Just from the first few minutes I knew it might be interesting. That quote is exactly how I started feeling just not with the same situation, disease, etc. Be thankful for those hardships, problems, mistakes -> they lead to growth, learning, and life.
It was a good documentary that showed how he and another guy were able to do something that enabled them to change their lifestyle. I realize that at face-value maybe it whole thing seems like an infomercial for buying juicers. The key thing I took away is that doing that 60 day juice fast worked for them such that they really had permanent changes to their health. You and no one else has to do that exact same thing. Once the initial trial experiment of a week was done and there were improvements, all they had to do was maintain and then use that to change how they would live afterwards.
I’m sure most people would agree when the doctor says, “Something like more than 70% of all diseases can be attributed to problems in lifestyle.” Its just like all those people in the documentary said. They all said they were weak, had no willpower, and couldn’t help themselves. Many of them said that it was only there own fault and they would probably only live to 55. People tell themselves they will try to change themselves someday. Some of them said they would rather die happy eating junk food than torture themselves to get a few extra years of life. They certainly grasped that they have problems but have no idea what it means.
Both of the people who ended up losing all that weight had a vision of what they wanted to do with their lives and were tired of feeling sick, depending on pills, etc. Everyone needs to find out how they can change themselves, because we already what we need to do. Whether its praying, meditation, or just finding time to think for yourself about yourself without the infinite distractions of our world, it is possible.
“God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons we could not learn in any other way. The way we learn those lessons is not to deny the feelings but to find the meanings underlying them.” -Stanley Lindquist