Keys to Health & Happiness: Grace in Action (2nd of 2 parts)

Grace in Action   Though we don’t always get what we want or deserve, we must accept the conditions of our lives as well as the responsibility to make the most of them. To walk in grace is to accept that life is not a straight line to the life of your dreams. It is the act of moving forward in spite of the inevitable challenges and detours yet still guided by the compass of our deepest values and greatest goals.

The alternative is to react in anger, surrender our self-determination or give up all hope, but this does not move us one step forward. The attitude of helplessness over time leads to anxiety; the attitude of hopelessness leads to depression.

Individuals who have learned to successfully self-manage their chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease or chronic lung disease and work in partnership with their health care providers feel more empowered and remain healthier than others who maintain a passive role in their care.

Grace in attitude and action are the keys to both health and happiness. Accept graciously the gifts you have been given, and accept the responsibility to make the most of them.

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About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.
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