Writer’s note: An analogy on perspective. I see you. You’re beautiful. You can’t see it from your perspective. I want you to come see what I see from my perspective. (As I shove you in front of a mirror to see things in a different life) See?! Now do you see reality? My hope is that understanding how some gamble with their health gives you the perspective to take care of your’s.
Do you like to gamble?
Have you ever wondered why people don’t like, but love, to gamble?
In the book Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes how people love to gamble because it gives them the illusion that they control reality.
Which numbers to play, how you hold the dice when you throw them, and which cards you are dealt seem under your control based on superstitious thoughts and actions. The odds of the ball landing on your best friend’s lucky number have nothing to do with your best friend and everything to do with chance.
The casino is one thing.
Your health and fitness is another.
“Why did he die? He was perfectly healthy!”
The above was a statement I heard several time by friends and family of a recent loved one’s death.
The man was noticeably overweight, had a previous heart attack, had diabetes, and was taking numerous medical drugs for his many conditions.
Yet, as probably told to him by his family physician, this man and his family and friends thought that he was “healthy” because the medications were controlling his medical conditions.
As evidenced by his surprise death, I pose the question to those under the illusion.
Are you sure he was healthy?
The House Always Wins
Gambling with money is fun. It will be gone when you die anyway.
Gambling with your health can be deadly.
The casinos and pharmaceutical companies are banking on your love of gambling. Who’s winning?
Your body can handle some stress, some sweets, some alcohol, some period of no exercise, and some unhappiness.
Too much for too long, the house always wins.
And guess what? Hopefully you have some of this for your family, because they lose even more than you do.