Staying Fit for Employment

By: Ernie Fitzpatrick

Too often we get too specialized in this world that is filled with more knowledge than anyone can comprehend. Doctors who practice general medicine have given way to nose, throat, ear, and you name it specialists, that have a hard time recognizing a part of the human anatomy that they don't treat. In like fashion, we have many people who are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good. People who only see and relate to the spirit side of man: hyper spiritual! Them we get those who get off in to the flesh (soul) and emphasize feelings and error on the side of emotionalism. Seldom do we find those who error on the third part of the triune man: the body!

"The body says what words can't." Martha Graham

Jesus came down in a BODY! He left for heaven in a BODY (though a glorious one). It is the BODY that our soul is able to express itself through. How could you tell what a person's soul was without the window of the body to express itself? And yet, we too often neglect the body, falling into a form of dualism that in all actuality refutes the Bible and life itself. Bottom line, we NEED the body and we need a HEALTHY BODY in order to operate at optimum efficiency.

"He who has HEALTH has HOPE and he that has HOPE has EVERYTHING." Arabian Proverb

Everyone to some degree or another would agree that ATTITUDE is critical to our success in life. A lousy attitude is quickly rejected whereby a positive attitude attracts success. And, a key to a positive attitude is a healthy body. Franklin Pierce Adams hit the nail on the head when he said, "Health is the thing that makes you feel that NOW is the best time of the year." It is also well known that a person who is healthy and strong has a far greater degree of CONFIDENCE than one who does not.

"The greatest mistake a person can make is to sacrifice health for any other advantage." Arthur Schopenhauer

Stephen Covey has placed this as one of the most IMPORTANT things that one can do (Quadrant # 2) to be successful. Yet, we abuse the body. We load it up with toxins. We build up a supply of free radicals that eat away at our health. We have poor nutrition. But, worst of all, we don't exercise!!!

"If you don't have time to exercise you'll have to find time for illness".

Our life span in America keeps being extended but how long could we be living if we practiced a little more good nutrition and proper exercise? How many more quality hours could you put in with a healthy body? How much better could your body language be if you worked on your posture? How many more sales could you make because of your increased confidence?

We KNOW that sales do increase with good health and strength. If all things were equal, who do you think would get the PROMOTION if one em- ployee looked and acted with zeal while another person had a hard time just getting from one meeting to the other or was more concerned about lunch time than closing the sale time.

"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength." Is. 40:31

Yes, you can be a success with poor health, but you can't enjoy it as much can you! Sometimes common sense can serve us best. But this is more than common sense. It is a dedication to a daily DISCIPLINE of exercising and staying away from those things that will hinder your physical well being. It's NOT that you can't EVER eat a chocolate filled, honey dipped, Alaskan MUD PIE, but that you don't do it every night after 10 pm!

"After lunch, rest awhile, after supper walk a mile." Arabian Proverb

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