When Martin Luther King Jr. addressed the American people in 1963, calling out how civil rights atrocities contradict our ideals of liberty and justice for all, he shared a deep insight that applies to any struggle.
He said, “let us not wallow in the valley of despair,” and directed our attention to the dream of a society that practices what it preaches. He celebrated what he was working for, and continued the hard work of fighting for civil rights, one step at a time. It’s easy to react emotionally to difficulty, to turn inward with bitterness and rage, but no good comes from that dark place. We must instead lean into the light: embrace the dream of a better future and push forward to achieve what we know to be good and right.
Health can feel like a more individual battle, but it’s just as essential that we press on and have faith in our ability to be better.
You might not be able to see every step that lies in front of you, but you know where you’re going. Hold on to that dream of a better future, and focus on the short-term goals that are going to get you there whether that is choosing to drink more water or go for a walk or having an important conversation with your doctor.
You might not always see the whole staircase, but you know where it leads. You know you’re getting closer every time you take a step!
Remember, your Health Advisor is here to help you win this fight. Your weekly call is your time to talk about your journey, set goals, and re-commit to self-care. If you’re not yet a member of Pack Health, click here to sign up.
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.