‘Don’t Diet’ Book a Tool for Preventing Negative Things You Can Control
While taking a trip to town yesterday, I came upon a traffic accident that appeared to involve four vehicles. I immediately looked at each automobile to see if they belonged to anyone that I know; none looked familiar. My second reaction was of fear, and I prayed that nobody was injured. Next I was just truly grateful that it wasn’t me who had to endure the stress and trauma that goes along with situations such as these.
Most of us have witnessed situations like these and think, “I’m glad these things don’t happen to me.” Yes, we often feel like these disturbing situations only happen to other people, never to me. I actually thought that yesterday, but then I remembered that these things don’t just happen to other people, they can also happen to anyone.
It Hits Home
In 1995, I rolled my vehicle during a winter storm; two of my children were with me. Luckily nobody was injured — thank God for seatbelts and booster car seats. Once I regained my composure I remember saying to myself, “I just went through something that only happens to other people… but now it happened to me.”
In that moment I realized that I was one of those “other people” that I had only referred to in the past; I was going through the disturbing situation myself.
This is the same feeling my mother had when she suffered a heart attack at age 61. She, like many people, felt that things like having a heart attack could only happen to other people. She was wrong. My husband’s cousin Shirley is another example of this. The heart attack she suffered in her early forties was not something that she thought would occur. My mom now understands these things don’t just happen to others. Shirley never made that realization, since her life ended that day.
Accepting that these unexpected things can happen to any of us reminds me of what I read in a book I just finished. (I actually mentioned this book in an earlier post.) It’s by George A. Diamond, “Don’t Diet! Just Think and Get Thin.” Diamond had been slowly gaining weight for years but claims it was difficult for him to embrace his new reality. He was in self-denial and didn’t feel as though he had a weight issue; that only happened to other people. Diamond slowly realized that he had become overweight. He knew he needed to lose weight; the key is to recognize that fact — and he did.
Fools and Facing Reality
One quote in the book, “The greatest fool is one who fools himself,” shared by an unknown author, really hit home with me. We often fool ourselves into thinking that nothing bad is ever going to happen to us. Please don’t take that wrong. I am a positive person and I don’t want to live my life in a negative fashion, but at a certain point we all have to face reality. We tend to fool ourselves into thinking that we’ll always be just fine; again, bad things only happen to other people. Yet, unexpected things can happen to anyone. Some you can prevent and some you cannot.
Since Diamond’s book is about losing weight and becoming healthier, I view it as an important tool for preventing bad health. We may not be able to control the traffic or the world around us, but we surely can control how we think and take care of our bodies. We each make choices every day, many of which affect our current and future health. It’s our personal responsibility to come to grips with reality, to realize that nobody is invincible — not even me. Yes, I am that other person in someone else’s eyes.
I highly recommend this book and wish I could share every page of it with you as I found Diamond’s weight-loss “thought remedies” truly remarkable. He is a true man of wisdom and I personally thank him for sharing it with the world.
One final note — make sure to read page 82, where you can find one of my favorite lines in the book: “Where you will be tomorrow is determined by the choices you make today.” … think about it.