For all families with kids going back to school, can I shout an “Hooray” here!? Maybe, you will then have a little more time to see what this August week has for us with the next set of questions for week thirty-three of 2018, challenging us with this month’s Meals lifeskill. These questions are offered by Bob Tiede at At Leading With Questions, from wisdom leaders around the nation and world.*
Question 1: If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
There is nothing more important than you pursuing wellness for yourself and your family that includes healthy, harmonious mealtime. Think of all the opportunities, dreams, and goals you would need to put aside to pursue solving your health challenges, even crises. Every aspect of daily living and lifeskill would be forever changed. The impact includes your relationships/core values, the way you use your time, your career & money management, your recordkeeping, housekeeping, health/wellness, meals, childcare, recreation/entertainment, reflection, and celebration.
- According to Healthy People (https://www.healthypeople.gov/), the year 2030 overarching goals for our nation aspire to:
- Attain healthy, thriving lives and well-being, free of preventable disease, disability, injury and premature death.
- Eliminate health disparities, achieve health equity, and attain health literacy to improve the health and well-being of all.
- Create social, physical, and economic environments that promote attaining full potential for health and well-being for all.
- Promote healthy development, healthy behaviors and well-being across all life stages.
- Engage leadership, key constituents, and the public across multiple sectors to take action and design policies that improve the health and well-being of all.
Let’s see how we all can help makes these 2030 goals a reality in our own lives. Which goal do you want to start with? How about starting with mealtime?
Question 2: Which is worse, failing or never trying?
This question appropriately follows question one. The worst is never trying, of course! Making mistakes or “failing” is often the best life lesson for doing better next time and succeeding.
Question 3: What life lessons did you have to experience firsthand before you fully understood them?
There is nothing like food to challenge us to make healthy choices. Yet, when stressed, we often simply reverse the letters from “stressed” to “desserts”! That is our first mistake if we choose to repeat it often with unhealthy consequences. One day we wake up 30 lbs heavier and slower walking up those steps. We may also end up with even more challenging consequences. Desserts are a wonderful part of mealtime eating and life. Yet, we all need to recognize those stressed out “comfort food” connections we reach for with our confectionary choices. Again, moderation is a great companion in life’s daily disciplines.
Question 4: When you look back over the past month, what single moment stands out?
My daughter who lives in California surprised us at our doorstep the other week. It was a first for her to surprise us like that. Amazingly both daughters kept this secret! We will always cherish every moment we had together in her visit, playing dominoes, popcorn at the movies, and sharing mealtime preparations. Saying goodbye makes me miss them even more not having my daughters nearby.
Question 5: What’s the best decision you’ve ever made?
My best decision is two-fold. The first and foremost is trusting God to keep me well, no matter what. The second-best decision was to change my eating habits so food often became my medicine for staying well, and still is.
Question 6: What white lies do you often tell?
When it comes to food, I do convince myself on occasion that I really didn’t have that second helping, particularly of a dessert. White lies are often considered minor and unimportant. Yet, any deviation from the truth even when just trying to be polite or unoffending is a slippery slope. That downhill slope is so easy to slide down to eventually bigger lies. And some can end up being whoppers when they are told to myself!
Question 7: In twenty years, what do you want to remember?
That all the years expended were worth every moment to make sure my family was healthy and happy. And that the meals so diligently prepared made all the difference in their lives, physically, mentally, and emotionally.