88 – Life’s Most Important Lesson
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Today, Dr. Dave isn’t talking about eating or exercise but something else that will help your life immensely. You cannot miss this one!
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To celebrate the Father’s Day holiday yesterday, Dr. Dave met up with mother, father, and brother for a family dinner. During this meal, Dr. Dave realized how important family is to his own health. Family is extremely important to your health. Dr. Dave went through a period in life where he did not have a good relationship with his parents. There have been a lot of tough times in his life but the period in which he was not getting along with his parents, was the worst time in his life. It was the lowest, most stressful, and most difficult time in his life. No matter how much he tried to ignore it or forget about it, it always weighed on his mind. Dr. Dave has been very close to his parents for a long time now. It provides him with a tremendous amount of joy and peace. And it does for his parents as well!
This is extremely important. If you have a relationship with someone in your family and it is not good. If there is hate in your family, try your best to fix that. If there is hate in your family and you think you are ignoring it or that you can brush it under the rug, you are NOT. On some level the hate is destroying you. Countless people have family issues, whether it be with a mother, father, aunt, uncle, or even spouse.
Dr. Dave has talked about forgiveness many times on the show (most recently on Episode #83). Dr. Dave cannot stress it enough how important it is to forgive. There is never a great reason to hold on to anger and hostility. If there is someone you are not talking to, both sides may need to come together to work it out.
If there is something you hate and you can’t make it better, change it! If you are in a relationship that is not working out for you no matter what you do, then get out. If you know in your heart that something is not working, then you must change it. However when it comes to family you can’t always changes that. The day that Dr. Dave began repairing his relationship with his parents was probably one of the happiest days of his life. What would be so bad about picking up the phone and taking the step to repair a relationship that is important to you? Why would it be so bad to forget the past and move on? The past won’t change but you can change. Sometimes there are situations that are truly horrible and if that is the case you have to make up your mind as to what the best scenario would be. Is it better to forget and make up or to harbor hate for the rest of your life? You have to make the decision but in most cases it is better to forgive.
If you are saying to yourself that this is supposed to be a show about lifestyle, a place where people learn to exercise and eat better but when you learn how to be happy and forgiving than the other stuff come pretty easily. It is much easier to focus on your health when you are having issues in your life. Dr. Dave has been through it all and can tell you it’s a lot better when there is no hatred. It removes a layer of stress that no exercising or diet can help. You can exercise and eat right but you have to take care of first things first. Is it worth a try? Is it worth going to your grave hating someone? If you say No, what can you do now to fix the situation? Pick up the phone and start the dialogue. It will be the most powerful thing you do in your life!!
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