“You always had the power, my dear. You just had to learn it for yourself.” ~Glinda the Good Witch, Wizard of Oz.
This week in the “Peace Embodied” membership, someone asked a question where the answer wasn’t clear-cut…
When you have to make a health and wellness choice, what would be easiest is to review the facts and make your decision based on the research. Sometimes the research helps by demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of a drug or the effect of a risk factor on your health. However, there are times when studies are inconclusive, contradictory, not reproducible, misinterpreted, or not applicable.
Next, we turn to experts who can share with us their clinical experiences and observations, but there can be instances when experts don’t agree, and their experiences are not the same.
We can feel supported talking things over with family and friends who may help by shedding light on the situation in a way we hadn’t thought of before, but sometimes their strong opinions don’t resonate with us and we feel worse.
So what is a person to do?
One of the greatest gifts we are given as human beings is the power of choice. That power can be overwhelming and we may be tempted to give it away to someone else more qualified, more confident, and more capable. But here’s the thing. No one is more qualified, confident, or capable than you.
Sure, the experts have education, experience, and talent in their given field, but no one is the expert of you, except YOU.
Your doctor is an expert of human bodies – you are an expert of YOUR body.
Don’t relinquish your power of choice to anyone, not even under the guise that you aren’t really qualified to make that choice. I believe that you are.
When I am in a challenging situation wondering what to do, I look at the research, I consult with the experts, I talk it over with loved-ones…and then, I sit quietly and I consult my heart.
Don’t brush this off as some namby-pamby, touchy-feely, not-grounded-in-reality practice because when you really do it – REALLY listen to your heart – it can be one of the hardest things you have ever done. Do you know what the Latin root of courage means? Heart. That’s right, people. Your heart is the center of some badass courage, so consulting with it would be well advised. Listening to the expert opinion of your heart rounds out the expert opinion of your mind and together you have an amazing strategy for exercising your power of choice.
Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz went looking all over for the answers to her problems, and she made some great progress, but in the end what really got her home was her belief in herself to do it. She had the power all along, and so do you.
Have you ever been faced with a difficult health and wellness decision? What helped you to decide what to do? Let me know in the reply section.