“He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.” -Thomas Carlyle
I have found some conflicting sources of this quote, but who I am crediting is Thomas Carlyle, even though it traces back to an Arabian Proverb of a similar message. If you don’t know who Thomas Carlyle is, don’t feel bad, I had to look him up too. In a nutshell he was a Victorian philosopher, historian and writer whose works influenced many influential writers such as Dickens and Emerson to name a few.
After digging into his past a bit more, I actually think that I enjoy this quote more. Since he comes from a religious background, he has been instilled with firm values that stuck with him even after he lost his faith. That mix of good values with no actual religious affiliation helps me in my task to keep the worldly view open and narrowed.
Lesson: There are two different ways I interpret this lesson, one is the popular ‘physical fitness’ way in which it is more motivational. The other, and the lesson I hope to teach, is more about being grateful for your health, you don’t need more than that to have everything.
Sure, it is a lesson about taking care of yourself. And yes, it is should push you into a place where you want to be healthier, but mostly I think I want it to be humbling. There are too many areas of life to get caught up in and believe that there is nothing else, and when it comes down to it, if those other ‘things’ weren’t there, you still would be.