Being Well, Staying Well

I chose the title of this blog for two reasons. The most obvious one is exactly what it implies: exploring ways of being well and staying well. Health and wellbeing have been lifelong interests of mine, but most profoundly since I developed and recovered from major depression between 2002 – 2004. Staying well is a goal that I work on every day; most days I achieve it. When I don’t, I muster up some grit and figure out what I need to do differently. If you don’t believe you can make your life better, I get it – I endured one year without an ounce of hope. If you keep working at it though, I guarantee, things will improve. My vision is that this blog will be a conduit for readers to achieve their own health and recovery goals, despite life’s challenges such as stress, loss, illness, disability, and genetic vulnerabilities.

Another reason I chose the title “Being well, staying well” is because it reflects a beautiful exchange between companions in one of my favorite novels Cry the Beloved Country. Published in 1948 by South African writer Alan Paton, it addresses the problem of prejudice and racial inequality, but ultimately provides a message of hope and reconciliation. This lovely book illustrates the potential for goodness amongst the broken … namely, all of humankind. It suggests that with sufficient nurturing, the possibility for true beauty is endless. I share this viewpoint.

In Paton’s story, when two companions are parting, they have a common exchange:

“Be well, my friend.”

“Stay well, my friend”

May this remain true for every one of us.

4 Comments

  1. Kathy McGillivray

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to read the posts.

  2. Glad you liked it Kathy. I know you are an avid reader also, so can relate to this topic.

  3. Dianne Washington

    Very nice, it’s like hope and faith. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

    • Thanks Dianne. I love that beautiful verse also. “… the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” is like a poem to live by!

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