The One Car Theory



If you’re like most Americans, your diet and lifestyle habits are not as healthy as they could be. And if you’re like most Americans, you are more concerned about the needs of today than the state of your health five or ten or twenty years from now.



You can abuse your body up to age 35. After that, it abuses you.
Chinese proverb

Far too many diseases and health challenges are predictable and self-imposed. I’ve talked to so many people who are suffering today because they didn’t think their bad lifestyle habits would ever catch up to them. If you’re in need of a wake-up call, here’s a great one from Dr. Doug Graham:


THE ONE CAR THEORY

What if you only had one car? It would be issued to you by the government when you turned eighteen. Any automobile of your choice. That auto would be your only auto and would have to last you for an entire lifetime. If it wore out, it could not be replaced. Once gone, you would be reduced to other methods of getting around, or borrowing rides from other people. One car and only one for your whole life.

Would you take care of your car or would you abuse it? Would you change the oil regularly, keep it clean, park it in a garage? Of course you would take the best care you possibly could of your vehicle. No going out to the drag races on Friday night. Only premium fuel for your motor. Tune-ups, antifreeze, lubrications, maintenance, always you would choose nothing but the best for your automobile.

Would you let your auto sit idly for a year? Never. Would you push it to the limits to find out how fast it could go, or what the roughest terrain is that it could possibly handle? Absolutely not. If you were given only one car for a lifetime of use, it is clear that you would never abuse it, you would always take the best care of it you possibly could. You would provide all the necessary maintenance and care your car needed and deserved. Right?

What if you only had one body?


Yes, the thought of overhauling your diet may feel overwhelming but remember the old saying, “If there is no change, then there is no change.” If you want your health and your quality of life to significantly improve, then you must make some fundamental changes to create that new reality. The key words are “quality of life.” Lifestyle changes are less about future health than about improving the quality of your daily life right now.

Your health is an aggregate effect of both your good habits and your bad habits. If you eat lots of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, and exercise regularly, good for you. But don’t kid yourself that you’re going to come anywhere close to optimal results if you also have a bacon double cheeseburger every week and down a candy bar every afternoon. Yes, incorporating healthy habits certainly helps. But if you don’t also eliminate the bad ones, all you’re doing is slowing down the ongoing accumulation of toxins that have been building up in your body for years.

When it comes to food choices, there is no right or wrong; there are only consequences. If you choose to eat T-bone steaks, double-cheese pepperoni pizzas and hot fudge sundaes, that doesn’t make you a bad person. However, because we live in a cause-and-effect world, eating that way will probably make you feel nauseous and bloated and predispose you to illness. Simply put, whatever you put in your mouth leads to certain inevitable consequences. However, if you choose to accept those consequences, it’s nobody else’s business.

Be kind to yourself and take all the time you need to gradually make better and healthier choices. Your body is an amazing work of art. It has an intelligence all its own and is constantly struggling and striving to maintain optimal health. Do what you can today to make its job that much easier.

If you do not take care of your body, where do you plan to live?
Anonymous






ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA

through-gods-eyes-book-cover
If you feel more stressed than blessed . . . if you have more confusion than clarity about how to live your beliefs . . . if you long to live a richer, happier, more meaningful life . . . you will find a wealth of insight and guidance in Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World.

Through God’s Eyes is a road map for living a more peaceful, beautiful life. It’s the only book that explains how dozens of spiritual principles interact, how to weave them together into a cohesive worldview, and how to practically apply this spiritual wisdom to daily life.

Readers everywhere are discovering that when you challenge yourself to look through God’s eyes, the world around you changes, and so do you.

Who will benefit from reading Through God’s Eyes?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to be.
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to.
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier.


Click here to order your copy of Through God’s Eyes from GodsEyesAmazon.com.
For an inscribed copy, click here to e-mail Phil for information.

Click here to visit the Through God’s Eyes website.

Click on the link below to download a FREE 28-page chapter!
SEE EVERY MOMENT AS A GIFT

Click here to read endorsements from authors and thought leaders.

Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers.

Click here to ask Phil to add you to his e-mail list for updates on his blog and books.

Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.




Like to learn more about Through God’s Eyes? Here is a free 44-page PDF sampler from the book that includes:

• an overview of the book
• the complete table of contents
• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
• endorsements from authors and thought leaders

Just click on the link below to download your free PDF sampler!
THROUGH GOD’S EYES PDF SAMPLER




Schedule a Mastery Mentoring phone session with Phil to learn how to apply principles of spiritual living more effortlessly and effectively. Priced affordably! Click here to e-mail Phil for details.



logic-of-living-a-spiritual-life-book-cover

Phil’s eBook, The Logic of Living a Spiritual Life: Supporting a Life of Faith Through Logic and Reason, is now available for 99 cents.

Order it at GodIsLogical.com.

In this eBook, you’ll find answers to questions like:
• What is the cornerstone of a spiritual life, and why?
• What is the secret to liberating yourself from other people’s judgments and expectations?
• How do you reconcile the “free will vs. Divine Will” conundrum?
• Why is there an exception to “Everything happens for a reason”?


Those who worship logic instead of God are only half right. Not only is it logical to believe in God and to live a faith-based life, the existence of a loving, benevolent God that governs all creation is perhaps the only systematic worldview that explains every aspect of life.



sixty-seconds-coverPhil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent authors and thought leaders he interviewed. The roster of storytellers includes Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, Caroline Myss, Larry Dossey, Rachel Naomi Remen, Bernie Siegel, Dean Ornish, and Christiane Northrup. Sixty Seconds has been translated into four languages: Italian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories.

Click here to order Sixty Seconds.

Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.

Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers.

Here is a three-minute video introduction to Sixty Seconds.





Tags: , ,

4 Responses to “The One Car Theory”

  1. ArrVee Says:

    all too often we disregard the operating instructions of the Maker, until it is too late. By then, our warranty period has already expired, and we are already in maintenance mode, which will cost us more. This especially applies to the “engine” of our body – our soul. We should feed it only with the high-quality fuel of positive thoughts and goodwill, and protect it from contaminants that can make it clog or corrode from the inside out. We should not burden it with unnecessary baggage in our trunk, as this will make it waste energy and increase its wear and tear. We should check our oil regularly for signs of internal problems, and have it changed regularly in the oil-change confessionals.

    And every now and then, we should let it sing, to blast out the cobwebs, see what she can still do, or just revel in the music of its exhaust soundtrack:

    “… So put me on a highway
    And show me a sign
    And take it to the limit one more time …”
    – The Eagles

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Very eloquent and creative, ArrVee! You’re absolutely right in that we need to regularly check under the hood and make sure our engine is humming with the sweet music of love and devotion!

  3. Kath Says:

    Philo, yet again you give us “lots” of food for thought. I’ve just spent 50 minutes going through all this post and I don’t allocate that amount of time lightly! I love ArrVee’s contribution but I love that you have fed us, body AND soul!

    thanks agian
    Kath

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I’m glad this post resonated with you, Kath! I think Doug Graham’s analogy is great and thought it might serve as a wake-up call to others. Food for thought indeed!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: