A slightly more poetic way of looking at it is to imagine that we are novice gardeners. When we do health enhancing things, we are sowing seeds and planting bulbs.
When we cut down on things that don't serve us, we are weeding out the thistles and nettles that stop our garden from thriving. When we set ourself a goal such as weight loss or giving up smoking we are landscaping a whole new area of our garden, adding a different dimension to ourselves. And the beautiful thing about a garden is that we invest time, energy, inspiration and love but we often don't see all the results straight away. Mowing the lawn has an immediate effect, perhaps like getting an amazing nights sleep, but planting requires trust that what you have spent your time on is worth it.
And in this garden of your health, it's ok to start small.
It's ok to have treats and lazy days when you just bask in the sun.
It's ok not to be disciplined in absolutely every part of your garden.
It's ok to experiment, try new things and then let them go if they don't suit you.
But I urge you, as you may start a savings account with £10, or a window-box herb garden, to invest something now and regularly. Of course, we can't know our future and we can't protect ourselves fully from Life or disease or getting older. But we can be active participants in this journey, planting a vigorous and beautiful garden of ourselves that we can enjoy for years and years to come.
And autumn is absolutely the right time to plant bulbs - so pull on your wellies and come and join me in the garden :-)
Until next time,