I’ve had two major surgeries in the last ten years, and both times my recovery required a therapist to help me with my recovery. In each instance, the therapist said the same thing: “Most importantly listen to your body, don’t ignore the signals it sends you.” The advice in both cases was spot on.
If I had to live my life again, I wish I had listened more often to a different part of the person God created — my conscience — that part of me that’s nudges me to do what is right whether it is turn down the third slice of pie or how I should treat my fellow humans. We all have one, and I all suspect we have ignored its warning signals from time to time.
In the criminal justice system you hear a lot about deterrents, with many people suggesting harsh sentences and even the death penalty are deterrents. I would suggest that’s a bunch of hogwash, but that’s for another discussion. What I will say is that one’s greatest deterrent is their conscience. As parents, members of society, and as influencers of youth the best thing we can do for our fellow humans is to encourage everyone to listen to their inner voice, and teach the value of that voice that God plants in each of us.
For me I find it is easier to listen to my inner voice when I get away from distractions such as a walk in the nearby park, or during a morning’s meditation. But for all of us we need to find that place where we not only listen to our body, but also that what is within.