Do you, sometimes find yourself Â thinking that if only you could just be normal, things would be better?
For instance, youâd be able to stop at your favorite fast-food restaurant, order a quick meal, go home and relax rather than take the time and expend the energy that you really donât have to prepare dinner?
Believe me, I understand, Iâve felt, thought and said all of these. There are times when I still do. But, when I stop and think about it. I wonder if what Iâm wishing for is really beneficial to me.
Yes, it would be easier, to do those things. But, when you stop and look at what we call normal. Is it really? Or is it simply the convenience that weâve become accustomed to and normalcy has nothing to do with it.
Also, when we focus on being ânormal,â it affects us detrimentally by creating obstacles that get in the way of achieving our goal of living a healthy, high-quality life.
Three ways desiring to be normal can hinderÂ you:
1. You find unhealthy itemsÂ deceptively appealing.
Much of what we get at most fast food restaurants, for instance, isnât really food. Itâs food-like but it isnât food.Â Then, if youâre dealing with food allergies, it becomes even more difficult to find a nourishing menu item. So, although convenient, it isnât healthy.
2. You find unhealthy behavior tempting.
Perhaps, there are times when your allergies and sensitivities cause you to feel tired and require more rest. Yet, you wish to be ânormalâ so you can function on less sleep like you imagine others do. (Studies show that most Americans donât get enough sleep and would be better off with more.)
3. You miss out on what will actually nurture your unique self.
Delicious, healthy, energizing food that can be prepared rather quickly and the exhilarating feeling of having gotten enough rest eludes you.
We are all unique. God created us that way. Many times when we endure special circumstances that donât fit into whatâs conventional, we are forced to recognize we arenât like everyone else.
Perhaps, if we changed our mindset, we wouldnât feel marginalized at all but empowered. Empowered in knowing that we can be ourselves and live a healthy, joyful life.
So, why not embrace your unique ânormalâ?
- If you have food allergies, embrace them and set about exploring the plethora of tasty, nutritious foods that arenât allergens for you.
- If you need more than the average amount of sleep each night, embrace that fact, look at your schedule, and determine when you can include a nap, or what can be adjusted so that you can get to bed earlier.
- If you have environmental sensitivities, embrace them and set about finding out how to transform your home into a nurturing, safe haven.
What are some things that you do to embrace your unique ânormalâ?