Do or Do Not · 10 August 2013

One of my favorite truisms is a quote from Yoda: “Try not! Do, or do not. There is no try.”

I love this quote because it is so true. (I suppose that is why I called it a truism in the first place.) We either fail or succeed at doing something. There is no in-between. There is no trying. We simply do or do not. Period.

Naturally, this applies to being healthy too.

People say that they try to eat healthy. As they take a big bite out of their third donut. People say they try to exercise. As they sit down for a marathon in front of the boob tube.

As I think about it more, trying is really just a euphemism for lying. We merely tell people that we are trying to eat right when in reality, we just want that pesky brother or sister, son or daughter to get off our backs We say the word try when we want to lie to somebody about not really wanting to do something.

We even say we will try when we want to lie to ourselves. About health or about anything.

Of course, we are not always lying when we say we are trying. Sometimes, we really want to accomplish something. Like Luke in The Empire Strikes Back, we really want to lift the X-wing fighter out of the swamp, but we just do not have the will. We want to eat right and exercise, but we think we cannot afford healthy food or are too out of shape to even start walking. We do not. Even though we believe we have tried.

When it comes to health, we really must do. Not doing or just trying must not be options. We must not try to eat healthy. We must eat healthy. We must not try to exercise. We must exercise. We must be healthy.

There are many reasons we must become or stay healthy.

We want to enjoy a full life with few limitations. Our family and friends want us to be around to enjoy life with them. We want to be able to walk around the block without huffing and puffing. The reasons are myriad and, of course, individual, but we need to find at least one to get healthy. Yet even if we do not have that overarching reason for getting and staying healthy, health itself can be its own good reason. We need to do health.

When it comes to health, we really must remember Yoda’s words. We need to do or do not because there is no try.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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