Healthy Habits For A Healthy Life Part 3
I just saved a life yesterday, and I didn’t even get a “thank you” for it. What I got instead was heartache and sadness. I felt left out and lied on. It’s ok, though. I’m not the issue here. I’m just glad to have a little bit to do with contributing to someone’s future health and wellness in a positive way. The story I’m about to tell here is very real. The underlying lessons are deep. That’s why I had to write about it. I’ll keep it as light as I can because frankly speaking, being serious is boring and overrated. Life is short. We have to find a way to have fun, no matter what our current circumstances may be.
I have a very good, in fact an extremely great friend and for privacy’s sake, let’s call him Johnny Horshack. I’ve known Johnny for a while now…since the 80′s when we were still teenagers. We’ve been constantly in touch over the years but Johnny lives far away, so we don’t get to see each other much. We’ve just been voices on the phone over the years.
Yesterday, I saw a picture posted on Facebook (Thanks much to Mark Zuckerberg for dropping out of college and starting Facebook!) and Johnny was in that picture. Now let me tell you: Johnny’s a great-looking person. Girls used to chase after him back in the day and he was off the charts in the popularity scale. Even through the years, he kept his looks. He doesn’t drink, smoke or do drugs. His only vices are coffee and soda. For his age, he looks extremely well. Johnny’s a cool cat. That’s why something triggered in me when I saw that picture. He looked bloated on the face and I don’t know what, but something just wasn’t right. It bothered me a lot. I got him on the phone as soon as I can.
I told him: “Hey Horshack, you’re holding water. You got too much salt in your system. Check your blood pressure.” Now Johnny’s the type that will just blow off something like this…because it scares him to think something might be off. I said, “I’m serious, dude. Do it now. I’ll call you back.” Sure enough, I called him after a few minutes. He didn’t answer the phone. In fact, he blew me off for a few more minutes. He delayed the necessary. I kept calling. No answer.
Finally, he answered. I said,”Well?” He said, “Later.” I told him, “Let me talk with your kid.” He put his 10-year-old on the phone. I told Johnny Jr., “Tell your Dad to check his blood pressure…NOW!” I guess his 10-year-old has better salesmanship skills than I do. He came back on the phone and said, “Dude, 120/80. I’m good.” I said, “Are you using a digital monitor?” He said, “Yes.” I said, “Dude, I wasn’t born yesterday. You’re B.S.’ing me. The odds of you getting an exact 120/80 reading on a digital is next to none. What’s the truth? Tell me the truth.” He said, “123/82.” I said, “Ok. Just keep your salt intake down, lay off on the soda and coffee, start walking, and drink lots of water.” He said, “Ok.”
I didn’t hear from him for the rest of the night.
The truth, as I found out later that evening, was this: 169/100. He just came from the E.R. because someone in his family told him it can’t wait until tomorrow. Had he just chosen to tell me the truth earlier that day, I would have told him to immediately go to the doctor and not wait another minute. It’s that critical! After all, if I didn’t tell him to check, he would not have known and only the BIG GUY up there would have known what’s next. Johnny’s got three wonderful sons. He chose to lie to the wrong guy. He even self-medicated before going to the E.R. WTF?!
Now I’m not a doctor and I’m in no way trying to be like one, but those are some very serious numbers! It’s probably been going on for quite some time now too. Those kinds of numbers don’t happen overnight. They happen over time. The real danger behind it is: High blood pressure is a silent killer. In some cases, the first symptom is sudden death, most especially for people like us who are in their 40′s. Don’t take my word for it. Do your own research. It’s so critical that we know and recognize our health numbers. It’s literally a matter of life and death.
I didn’t write about this hoping that this will rank high on Google or it could help drive traffic to our site. Nope. That’s not it at all. I wrote this because I have a feeling there’s a lot of Johnny Horshacks out there walking our streets like a time-bomb waiting for disaster. My purpose is to reach out to the other Johnnys out there and hopefully by them reading this, they’ll take the necessary time to check their numbers. It’s that important. In fact, you’re reading this right now. There’s a reason for that. Check your blood pressure…NOW! If it’s off, you not checking won’t cure it. It’s so important to know so the necessary steps can be taken…NOW! I check mine every morning. That’s the beauty with the digitals. They’re as easy to use as a battery-operated toothbrush. Call me paranoid. It’s ok. I’d rather be called paranoid than stupid. If it is off, go to your doctor right away. DO NOT SELF-MEDICATE!
Now again, the usual question: What does this have to do with life and Network Marketing? Just everything…everything…everything. Believe me: EVERYTHING! What’s the use of us going after our dreams if we’re not taking care of our machines that will get us there? Look at what happened to Steve Jobs. He’s got $6.6 BILLION right now, but it doesn’t really mean anything because his machine is down.
Let’s take care of our machines…our bodies…ourselves. It’s that critical. Let’s pay attention to our numbers. They don’t lie and they give us a glimpse of our machines’ current condition. Now, don’t get all wacky and panicked. Relax…smile. It’s a great day for you when you decide that it’s a great day for you. Check your blood pressure. Do it now, then smile. Why? If it’s normal, you know you’re good. If it’s off, that’s great you found out now…before someone ends up calling you the “S” word that ends with a “D”.
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