Can I start by quoting someone that lived over 100 years ago? Her name was Florence Nightingale. She was a nurse that took care of soldiers and helped them recover from injury and disease. She described a unique concept back in the 1850s :
The swamp breeds the mosquitoes; the mosquitoes don’t create the swamp.
To take the phrase literally, its seems pretty obvious and I doubt anyone would have a problem agreeing with this fact. The truth is that stagnant water attracts mosquitoes. If you let water sit for a period of time, something happens to the surroundings and it attracts mosquitoes. It is an environment where they can live and breed. They have found a home and have to problem setting up shop for as long as the environment allows them to be there.
The opposite is hardly the case. Mosquitoes don’t land in a random location and after a while a swamp suddenly grows under their feet…or wings. They don’t have the power to change the environment to fit them any more than we have the ability to control the weather to fit our schedule.
Well, the same is true with our health. The only problem is that many believe the ridiculous notion that mosquitoes create the swamp. You probably believe it and don’t even know it. I’ll show you. You probably think that it works like this: You are healthy, a germ lands on you, then you get sick. See, I told you. Well, I’d like to be the first to tell you, or hopefully I’d like to be the one that is reminding you of the fact that this is an incorrect way of thinking.
Just because a “germ” lands on you, doesn’t mean you are going to get sick. Think of it this way. Two people get sneezed on. One of them gets sick and the other doesn’t. It happens all the time. The difference is the environment that the germ discovers when it lands. If your body is more like a swamp, (stagnant, neglected, and dirty) then you are going to get sick. If your body is strong, clean, and healthy, there is no way that germ stands a chance of surviving.
The message is clear. If you are not enjoying good health, you need to concentrate on cleaning the swamp instead of getting rid of the mosquitoes. If you clean out your body, the mosquitoes will not be able to survive. When health is our objective, the results that we want will take care of themselves.
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