“The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates
Tuesday. A beautiful, sunny day. A brisk, late summer morning. I head out the door, and hit the road. Less than a mile out – fog. Quickly, I had went from bright and sunny to dark, damp, and foggy. From seeing forever, to seeing just a short way in front of me. Fog.
And don’t we have fog in our lives sometimes? We’re going along, and everything is bright. And then, out of nowhere, fog. Not the fog we experience in nature. But the fog that can cloud our vision. The fog that can mentally slow us down. The fog that challenges us to look at things with a closer eye. The fog that causes us to really examine our lives.
Fog In My Life
I”m going back a few years, to a time when I wasn’t taking care of my body the way I should. I made poor choices in my diet, and didn’t exercise at all. Everything seemed bright and sunny. This was a gradual process of putting on extra weight and becoming less active. I wasn’t “seeing” any noticeable changes – life was sunny. Then, we attended a health fair, where basic readings were taken. The results: I should see a doctor. High triglycerides, pre-hypertension, and borderline high cholesterol. Just like that, I had went from bright and sunny, into the fog. Fog that made me slow down and think. Fog that made me have to look more closely at what I was doing in my life. To look at the choices I was making.
And so I did what we do when we’re driving in fog. I slowed down. I paid more attention to what was going on – in this case what I was feeding my body. I examined where I was going with my life – in this case how it related to my body and to my health. Through doing this, I discovered the importance of eating healthy and getting proper exercise. Once I discovered this, the fog lifted. I made it through the fog, and moved my life down a path that was much brighter.
The fog, in this case a wake-up call on my health, had been just what was needed to make me realize the sun-laden road I thought I was on was really leading me into the fog. What I thought was a bright and sunny path really had fog lurking right around the corner. For me, the fog had been with me for some time, I just wasn’t seeing it right beside me. Once I did, and examined why it was there, I found my way back to the true sunshine of my life. A healthy lifestyle that really changed my whole outlook on life.
Fog In Your Life
We all have had ‘fog’ in our lives. How we deal with that fog will determine how we come out of any given situation. Maybe it’s been a mental fog. Maybe some sort of physical fog. The fog I described in my life was really a combination of the two. Do we slow down in the fog, and really examine what is going on? Or do we just keep driving through it normally, even though we can’t see where we’re going?
I encourage you to slow down when you discover fog in your life. Slow down and take the time to examine why there is fog. For it is through this examination of the fog in your life, that will lead you back to the sunshine of life. To roads that are brighter. And to a life worth living. Worth living on your terms.