What I wish I had known then, that I know now about LIFE!
September 16, 2014 – Traci Patterson, Owner, Advanced Pathways Hypnosis
Have you ever said, “If I only knew what I know now… back then, I would have done things so much different…”? I think we have all said that from time to time.
I wish that someone had told me early in my life, that what people say does not have to affect every aspect of my life.
People will come and go in our lives and people will have their opinions, but at what time do we stop allowing other people to dictate how we live our lives, how we see ourselves or what we think of ourselves? How we take in information and perceive information is critical to our wellbeing, so stopping negative input from others in crucial to regaining our footing and our health.
I wish someone had told me early on that everything that I do that is good or bad in life will have a cumulative effect.
Anyone who has diligently watched their weight or has had issues with their weight can attest to the fact that poor eating habits may not show up as weight gain until weeks, months, or even years later.
Or anyone that has dealt with stress on an ongoing basis for months or years can attest to the fact that it does catch up. Studies show that stress is an 88% component to many health issues that arise including cancer, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and many other conditions.
I wish I had really understood that the health care choices I made as health issues presented themselves would leave lasting ramifications. As a young adult faced with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and what seemed like insurmountable odds; surgery, blocks, pharmaceuticals, spinal cord stimulators and hospitalizations, would limit my health and chances for remission. I might have made different decisions, and left surgeries, spinal cord stimulators and aggressive pharmaceuticals as a last resort, since now I have health issues from the treatments that hopefully natural or complementary medicine can undo.
It was alternative and forms of complementary medicine; hypnosis combined therapy; that allowed me to finally get my Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) into remission!
I wish I had known that every hateful and negative thing I thought and said to others would create cumulative ramifications in my life.
I wish I had understood earlier in life that the body, mind and spirit are intertwined. And the more I live in personal integrity in body, mind, and spirit, the more joy-filled, healthy, and fulfilled my life would be. That the more fulfilled I am, the brighter my light shines and the more I can express my love… the more others will be drawn to me and reciprocate.
I wish that I had listened more intently when that small voice in my head or to the feeling in my gut, as it tried to direct me in the correct direction.
I have since decided to learn the lessons of life, to listen, to let my light burn bright and to try to be an inspiration to those that need it. I have learned through the last decade that the better I do things in life, diet, health care, my walk with God, and my interactions with others, the better life gets.
Of course, not every circumstance in life is the cumulative effect of doing things right or wrong, however, when we live our life in alignment starting with ourselves, our health, living with personal integrity, walking with God, mind, soul, and strength, and being kind to others, we can expect that everything in life will cumulatively get better. Life is very cumulative. You may not notice the difference in the short run, but in the long run your rewards will be great. Choose your path wisely.
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