A month after my heart surgery last year, my cardiologist gave me the simple formula for living a long life. He said, “Eat what you don’t like.”
Mark Twain took this a little further: “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not do.”
There’s some truth to that. Life – and recovery – is about doing the things you don’t want to do now in order to be able to live the life you really want. God says to “offer your bodies as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1) for a reason.
If you want to live a long life, you’ll probably need to eat a little more green stuff and a little less ice cream. And in recovery, you will need to give up what you want now for what you want most.
Recovery Step: Sometimes, recovery is fun. Other times, it feels a lot like work. But work is okay. And whatever sacrifice you make on the front end will be more than offset by the blessings on the other side.